Vikash Sharma

Now Commissionerate Police will keep a vigil on your house if you are out to enjoy the Durga puja festivities in Bhubaneswar. Yes, you heard it right as the cops have come up with such a special message for the public. Such information was shared by Girija Chakrobarthy, ACP Zone 2 while interacting with media persons on Friday.

However, such a statement of the ACP has elicited mixed reactions as already there is an extra burden on the Commissionerate Police while other special measures like motorbike patrolling and beat patrolling have failed in the past. It is also unclear whether the Twin City Police Commissioner and other senior officials have given approval for such a provision in the Smart City.

Earlier, the concerned Zone 2 ACP had said, “We urge people to ensure that their houses are properly locked. People should also inform their neighbours as well. People also should make a call to the local police station if they are likely to stay outside for a long period during the festive season,” said the ACP.

According to the ACP, if the local police station has the aforesaid information then they can intensify PCR movement near the concerned residential areas.

The statements of the ACP have also sparked a debate on how far it is practically feasible to keep a vigil on individual houses in Bhubaneswar which has a vast and floating population. Besides, already there is a huge staff crunch in the police department.

Moreover, the focus of police will be on crowd control, traffic management, crime control, and law and order during the Durga Puja festivities.

Questions are also being raised over such statements as Commissionerate Police so far has failed to nab the burglars who had looted valuables in a series of loots from several flats of an apartment in Bhubaneswar recently.

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