Top cops from eight states deliberate on a blueprint to ensure better inter-state corporation & coordination

Punjab Update

Chandigarh, October 17: In order to promote and boost the inter-state police coordination in Northern states, Punjab Police today organized the 5th meeting of Northern Region Police Coordination Committee meeting at Punjab Police Headquarters, Chandigarh, where top cops from eight states/UTs, in a wide-ranging brainstorming-session, discussed a broad range of issues pertaining to internal security, terror threats, cross-border terrorism, drug abuse and radicalization of youth. It was also decided to promote greater coordination and mutual information-sharing to tackle various types of crimes among the member states.

          Delivering his keynote address, Director General Police, Punjab Suresh Arora said, such meetings have now become all the more relevant in the context of manifold security challenges and problems being faced by the country. Speaking at the event, DGP Arora said a concerted effort to fight terrorism and other types of organised crimes in the Northern region was the need of the hour through joint mechanisms.

          He dwelt on the range of issues such as activities of drug trafficking, gangsters, and menace of countrymade illegal weapons in the member states. All the participants resolved to share realtime inputs and information about criminals and drug peddlers. Sh. Arora appreciated the member states comprising of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Chandigarh for ensuring effective coordination among the police force of different States.

          DGP Arora suggested for deployment of Paramilitary forces in Jails of member states as an inter-state regional deployment mechanism could help contain the activities of smugglers and gangsters lodged in prisons. On the suggestion of Randeep Singh Rana from NDRF, DGP Arora said that Punjab Armed Police would be trained through the NDRF for relief and rehabilitation operations during any natural calamities/disasters. Sh.Randeep Singh Rana (from NDRF) proposed holding of Community Awareness Programme and familiarization exercises, which he said, should be held in all the States. 

          DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta briefed about emerging security scenario in the border State of Punjab and inter-state, inter-regional activities of anti-national and terrorist elements. He also suggested that thrust be put on the joint efforts on de-radicalization. Emphasizing on checking inflow and smuggling of sophisticated weapons, especially country-made illegal weapons, he proposed to the neighboring States to give more attention towards this challenge. He also suggested to form a common communication group between the stakeholder States for quick sharing of inputs.

          Expressing satisfaction over better coordination between Punjab Police and BSF, DGP (Law & Order) Hardeep Singh Dhillon informed that Punjab has deployed 50 companies equipped with armored vehicles along the border as line of second defence, in consultation with the BSF. He also emphasized to put strict vigil along Ujh and Ravi rivers on the J&K border.

          Emphasizing on the need for effective cooperation and better coordination between Punjab and member states, ADG CRPF VSK Kaumudi proposed shifting of hardcore criminals to Jails of other States and suggested that their court appearances could be facilitated through video conferencing.

          ADGP Headquarters J&K Abdul Gani Mir citing the activities of drug trafficking across the international border and POK, briefed the participant on the efforts being taken by the police and state government towards de-addiction.

          Sh.Abdul Gani Mir, ADGP J&K spoke about the J&K experience of using the Public Safety Act to detain Drug smugglers/suppliers in J&K.  Sh. Mir also spoke about the functioning of a Drug de-addiction centre run by the J&K Police, which had became highly popular, because it was very effective in drug de-addiction.

          Aiming at control menace of drugs and smuggling of narcotics, SK Jha, DDG North Zone, stressed on effective financial investigations regarding drug trafficking and smugglers so as to cut the supply-lines of drugs from across the international borders.

          Among others, Mohammad Mustafa (DGP STF), OP Mishra (DIG Chandigarh), Dr Ajeet Kumar Singla (Additional CP Delhi), Manmohan Singh (Additional Director, SIB, Chandigarh), PK Aggarwal (DGP Crime, Haryana), Abdul Gani Mir (ADGP Headquarters, J&K), Rajesh Kumar (DIG ITBP, Panchkula), VSK Kaumudi (ADG CRPF), Jyotirmay Chakravarty (ADG SSB), SK Jha (DDG North Zone, NCB), Randeep Singh Rana (from NDRF), Barinder Jeet Singh (SSP STF Uttrakhand), Dinesh Kumar Yadav (IGP Crime, Himachal Pradesh), Tarun Gauba (DIG CBI, Chandigarh), Ashish Choudhary (DIG NIA), HS Dhillon (DIG BSF) also shared their views during the meeting.

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