The acute shortage of manpower, including Inspector In-Charges (IICs) at several police stations in Balasore district has emerged as a major concern for the cops struggling to check the increasing crime rate in the district.
According to sources, the IIC post at the lone Adarsh Police Station in the district is lying vacant since last one month after the then in-charge was transferred following a promotion. While there should be a total of around 52 staff including IIC, SIs, ASIs and constables, the police station is operating with just 21 staff.
The situation is no different at the Town Police Station. The IIC post is lying vacant in the PS for the last one month.
“Balasore has emerged as a drug hub in the State. Multiple crimes are being reported daily in the district. But, it is surprising that many police stations don’t have IICs. Immediate appointments should be made to fill the vacant posts,” said Ranjan Bag, a senior journalist.
Surprisingly, the Marine Police Station at Balaramgadi is running with around one-tenth of the total required strength. While the required total staff strength of the police station is 63, it is operating with just six staff. Most shocking is that this police station, which ensures the safeguard of the Chandipur coast, does not have an IIC or SI.
“The IICs have been transferred after they were promoted to DSP rank. The officer in-charges and supervising officers are looking after the police stations and it is not hampering the work,” said Balasore SP Sudhanshu Sekhar Mishra on the matter.
“I hope the vacancies will be filled up soon,” said Mishra.