‘Rural police to form Gram Suraksha Dal in 767 villages’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Nov 2017 09:11:48


Staff Reporter,

With an objective to put check on illegal activities in district by increasing people-police interaction, Nagpur Rural Police are promoting formation of Gram Suraksha Dal (GSD) in 767 villages of district. So far, 50 villages have sent proposals to Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) for formation of GSD, informed Superintendent of Police (SP), Nagpur Rural, Shailesh Balkawade on Thursday.

Interacting with reporters at his office, Balkawade informed that GSD would consist of minimum eight villagers with 30% quota for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and women. Gram Sabha would request the Tehsildar for formation of GSD. Later, a special session of the Gram Sabha will be called and names of GSD members decided in the Gram Sabha. The Gram Sabha will forward the list to SDM, who will issue a notification of formation of GSD, he clarified.

The GSD members would act like group of vigilantes against the illegal activities in the their villages. The police are bound to conduct raids on illegal dens on the basis of inputs provided by the GSD members, informed Balkawade citing state government’s notification.

Balkawade also cleared that formation of GSD was not shirking of responsibility by the police force but we are involving villagers in the process of making villages more safer.

Explaining reasons of crime in the district, he said that liquor was the one of the main reasons behind many crime cases in the district. “After taking reins of Nagpur district, I have directed for quality raids on liquor dens. In 2015, the district police had registered 2,909 cases of prohibition and seized material worth Rs 2.7 crore. As many as 2,533 cases of prohibition were registered in year 2016 and material worth Rs 2.11 crore was seized. In first 10 months of the current year, the district police have registered 2,642 cases and seized material worth Rs 5.23 crore. The police have seized 10 fire arms in year 2015, four in 2016 and 13 in year 2017. District information officer Anil Gadekar was present in the press conference.