Agni organizes Meet Your Police Commissioner event
Mumbai Police Commissioner Mr. Vivek Phansalkar attended an “AGNI Meet your Police” event organized by Agni H-West Ward at Bandra. While speaking on the occasion, he expressed concern on the increase in cyber-crimes in the city and wanted greater awareness amongst citizens on this matter. To gear up with the situation Mumbai Police has a dedicated Cyber Crime Wing headed by a DCP rank officer and have already opened 5 Cyber Police stations exclusively to deal with cyber fraud cases in the city. Over and above every police station now has a dedicated “Cyber Cell” to facilitate citizens to file complaints and to curb
rising technology-related cases in the city. The cell comprises a police inspector, two subinspectors and two to three constables. Mumbai is the only city which has so many police stations catering to cyber cases.
Dinesh Ahir Trustee & Convenor of AGNI in his welcome address stated that there is a greater need for citizens and Police to have regular meetings with the authorities on the lines of ALM meetings with BMC. In fact he felt that ALM meetings should also be attended by the local police. This can bring about better coordination amongst BMC & Police to cater to the various issues of citizens relating to hawkers, encroachments, illegal construction, open spaces, footpaths and pavements, etc. The CP agreed and welcomed the idea. In fact he asserted that suitable instructions would be issued to the local police to attend ALM / citizens meetings with the BMC.
On the suggestion by Agni that implementation and enforcement of traffic norms and noise pollution norms need to be strenthened, the CP expressed that citizens should be more responsible to adhere to such norms. Interestingly though the traffic signals were introduced by the Britishers more than 100 years ago, the citizens even the educated ones do not observe the traffic signals. With the increase in number of vehicles including the two wheelers and the city being dug up for various works incl. metro work, there is bound to be traffic woes which cannot be easily resolved by the Police with limited resources available with them. Citizens active cooperation in adhering to such norms only can resolve this problem.
On the question about CCTVs not functioning in some areas, CP said that this may not be true and needs to be verified since daily reports are collected from different location about the functioning of CCTVs. The CCTVs that are not functioning due to technical defects are immediately identified and repaired/ replaced immediately. Government of Maharashtra has provided Mumbai Police a holistic and integrated video surveillance system in Mumbai with the objective of enhancing safety and security in the city. This system is integrated with surveillance systems of different stakeholders with the objective of enhancing safety and security in the city. The CP also informed that additional 5000 CCTVs are being installed in Mumbai soon. The Police Dept. is in coordination with BMC for the same.
H-West Ward social activist Anandini Thakur who facilitated the meeting expressed
satisfaction with the support which they get from the local police and felicitated Mr. Anil Paraskar DCP Zone 9 and Mr. Killedar Sr. P. I. (Traffic), Bandra Division.