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Vikash Sharma

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  • A slum outreach programme ‘Basti Ku Chala’ will soon be launched in the Smart City.

Mounting watch on the slum pockets in Bhubaneswar while going all out against the drug mafia in the Twin cities are the two-pronged long term strategy chalked by the Commissionerate police to keep streets in the State Capital free from crime and criminals.

Code named ‘White Spider’, the Commissionerate polices’ anti-narcotics operation is well in motion while a slum outreach programme ‘Basti Ku Chala’ will soon be launched in the Smart City, Twin City Police Commissioner, Saumendra Priyadarshi said on Monday.

According to Priyadarshi, following a detailed review of petty street crimes it was found that most of the accused involved in street crimes came from slums in various parts of the Capital City. A few of them are drug addicts. “They are actively involved in street crimes,” he said.

“Every month, four outreach programmes under ‘Basti Ku Chala’ will be launched at different police station levels and it will be led by the DCP, Bhubaneswar. Senior police officials will visit various slums and review their problems under the outreach programme,” said Priyadarshi.

The senior police official further said there has been an increase in the number of hotels and lodges in Bhubaneswar over the years as the Capital city is a major administrative and commercial hub in the State with a large floating population.

It has been found that criminals from other parts of the country misuse the lodging facility in the city to carry out their operation in Odisha. The Commissionerate Police has launched a mobile application to streamline the mandatory process of submission of guest list and other details by hotels and lodges.

“As per the provisions of Sarai Act, the hotels and lodges need to provide detailed information about guests and their period of stay. We urge hoteliers and lodges owners to download the app so that they can provide guest list and other details on a daily basis through this application,” Priyadarshi added.

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