Value-based education needed to prevent juvenile delinquency, says Dr Upadhyay

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Sep 2018 09:39:33


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We will protect the good and destroy the evil: Dr Upadhyay

Special juvenile police unit to be set up in city, says Dr Upadhyay

“VALUE-BASED education is the need of the hour to prevent juvenile delinquency. Police have to deal not only with socially maladjusted children and youths who are in conflict with the law but also with those who create disharmony at public places. If they are not reformed then they will become habitual offenders,” observed Commissioner of Police Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay. The city police chief was interacting with mediapersons at Meet-the-Press Programme jointly organised by Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ), Tilak Patrakar Bhavan Trust (TPBT) and Patrakar Club of Nagpur (PCN) on Tuesday.

Dr Upadhyay said that more and more children were getting involved in criminal activities in the city. Value-based education, counseling and proper guidance to the younger generation was the most effective way to tackle the issue, he added. Dr Upadhyay informed that a Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) would be set up in the Second Capital to enable the law enforcers to be better equipped with knowledge and procedures while dealing with children in conflict with the law.

“As per the Juvenile Justice Act, Child Welfare Officers were already appointed in all police stations and assistance would be sought from Non-Government Organisations(NGOs) for counseling and rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents,” he said. Similarly, Dr Upadhyay said that sincere efforts were being made to sensitise the police machinery to prevent crime against women.

Existing ‘Damini’ Squad and ‘Bharosa’ Cell would be strengthened to achieve the desired results. About criminals using the so-called dark net to buy weapons online, Dr Upadhyay said that one such case had come to light in the city and police were conducting inquiries with the courier company through which the accused in a murder case had procured the arms. “Police will soon convene a joint meeting of owners and managers of courier companies operating in the city and warn them of initiating penal action if they indulge in such illegal activities,” he added.

About the octopus of Naxalism spreading its tentacles menacingly in the urban areas, Dr Upadhyay said that Nagpur had been sensitive and officers attached to Anti-Naxalites Cell and Intelligence agencies were maintaining a strict vigil on sympathiers of the outlaws.

To a query, Dr Upadhyay said, “Our motto is to protect the good and to destroy the evil. City Police will be people friendly. I believe in public-oriented policing to make Nagpur a smart city. Innocent persons will not be troubled by the police and criminals will not be spared at all.”
Hundreds of criminals were checked and wanted ones were nabbed in the ongoing ‘Operation Crackdown’ launched by the police, he added.

Dr Upadhyay said that 70-80 per cent cyber crime cases, including phishing and vishing frauds, had been solved.
Dr Upadhyay said that he had instructed the officers attached to Traffic Branch not to stop and challan people driving vehicles, particularly office goers, from 9 am to 11.30 am and from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on working days. “Efforts are on to book more and more traffic offenders by sending them e-challans using 3600 surveillance cameras installed across the city,” he added.

The city police chief assured that he would ensure stern action against autorickshaw drivers parking their vehicles haphazardly on the roads and carrying passengers beyond capacity.

Earlier, Pradip Kumar Maitra, President, Patrakar Club of Nagpur (PCN) and PCN Secretary Brahmashankar Tripathi welcomed Dr Upadhyay. Shirish Borkar, NUWJ President, made introductory remarks. Later, Tripathi proposed a vote of thanks.