Home minister pays surprise visit to Madivala police station

Catches cops unawares, expresses displeasure over 'poor policing'

Home minister pays surprise visit to Madivala police station

Home Minister G Parameshwara on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to the Madivala police station and conducted separate review meetings with senior and junior officers over the increasing crime rate in the jurisdiction.

Parameshwara reportedly expressed his displeasure over the measures taken by the senior officers and directed them to initiate stern measures to curb incidents of crime.

The minister arrived at the police station at around 7.30 am, with his gunmen in toe, in a private vehicle, catching the cops unawares. He expressed displeasure upon seeing a few policemen in plain clothes and directed them to wear the uniform till their shifts ended, said sources.

He reviewed the basic facilities available at the police station and enquired about the quality of the walkie-talkies, rifles and bulletproof jackets. He also browsed the attendance register and documents to ascertain visits and review meetings of senior officers, besides crosschecking the crime statistics and some crimes that are on the rise in the area, said the sources.

Police Commissioner N S Megharik, Additional Commissioner of Police (East) P Harisekaran, and DCP (Southeast) Dr Rohini Katoch-Sepat rushed to the station after receiving the news of the Home Minister’s surprise visit.

The senior officers had their own explanations and claims to the questions of the minister related to chain-snatchings, robberies, murders and rowdy activities in the South East division. Parameshwara also sought to know the measures initiated by the police in controlling the crimes. He was not satisfied with the explanations and expressed his displeasure over the poor policing in the area, added the sources.

The minister directed the senior officers to take stringent action against those targeting women and children and those committing sexual assaults. 

He conducted a separate meeting with the lower-rung officers, gave them a patient hearing and promised to redress their grievances about salaries, leave and other benefits. He left the police station at around 11.30 am, said the sources.

“It was a surprise visit by the Home Minister to the Madivala police station. He wanted to get acquainted with some processess of the police station. He sought information from the subordinate staff there and had a discussion with them in the absence of senior officers. He collected data of every minute aspect of policing,” Commissioner Megharik told Deccan Herald.

“He was concerned about the increasing crime rate in the Madivala jurisdiction, known for the highest crime rate in the City. He wanted to know the reasons and solutions to the problems. He did not pull up any senior police officer,” Megharik added.

The Madivala police station has a large geographical area compared with the other police stations. The government has already notified the bifurcation of Madivala police station to create Bommanahalli police station. The Home Minister was updated about such issues,” Rohini Katoch-Sepat told Deccan Herald.

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