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Action plan to check insurgency in Eastern Aruchal districts

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Itagar, January 9: The Aruchal Pradesh police has taken an action plan to check insurgency in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of the state through various initiatives including notification for establishment of 11 new police stations and upgrading 9 existing.

The Union Home Affairs Ministry has sanctioned 1, 949 various posts for the police department for the three insurgency–affected districts and accordingly 1, 769 posts have been filled up, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Tussar Taba informed through a PowerPoint presentation during a media interaction at police headquarters here today.

To strengthen the police in these districts in terms of communication, vehicles, weapons and security equipments, 20 HF sets, 100 2W VHF set, 217 VHF Hand Held sets were procured including 50 vehicles of various categories.

The department also procured 313 5.56 INSAS rifles, 158 9mm pistols, 40 2’ mortars, 33 7.62 LMgs and over two lakh AK–47 ammunitions during 2014, the AIGP said adding, 28 night vision devices, 20 video cameras, 23 digital cameras and other gadgets were procured for the districts during the year.

He said, under citizen safety initiatives anti–extortion cell was created in the police headquarters besides introduction of beat system, tent and servant verifications and five new check gates with surveillance system was set up in vulnerable places of the state capital to check crime and crimils.

 Giving a chronology of initiatives taken during 2014, Taba disclosed that due to traffic regulation and maintence initiative, the numbers of road accidents during 2014 was reduced to 233 with 99 deaths against 308 in 2013 with 120 deaths.

"The traffic wing of the state police could realize an amount of Rs 1, 29, 26,176 during the year from motor vehicle checking and around 680 vehicles out of total 16,458 vehicle checked were challaned to court," he informed.

On new services added in state police, the AIGP informed that 70 police stations need to be connected through software defined radio (SDR) system by NECTAR (North East Centre for Technology Applications and Reach), 44 SDR sets were installed in Eastern and Western ranges while the remaining were installed in Central range.

A total of 12 SDR sets were being installed on vehicles for effective mobile communication while, 9 out of 13 DSPT (digital satellite phone termil) sanctioned during 2012–13 were installed in remote police stations.

"Automation of cryptography introduced in the district headquarters for which necessary hardware have been purchased," he said adding, 72 PCR for all district headquarters have been sanctioned for round the clock patrolling.

 He said, altogether 34 sub inspector were recruited for Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts while 20 lady inspector along with 180 lady constables were recruited to look after women cells in the district. Moreover, 54 sub inspectors under civil police and IRBn have been recruited along with 160 various posts under sports quota for the state during the year.

"The department is proposing to recruit a total of 1052 police personnel during this year," he added.

SP (Crime) Amit Sharma in his presentation informed that overall crime rate in the state have significantly decreased during 2014.

Crimes such as rapes, abduction, crime against women and extortion cases have been reduced while, incidents of murder and other IPC cases have margilly increased during the year.

The state during the year registered 2559 cases in all major heads against 2925 recorded in 2013. The state have 73 functiol police stations spread across 18 districts, manned by about 11,354 police personnel, including civil police, IRBN and APPBn, he said. The highest numbers of 605 cases registered in Papum Pare (City) district, followed by Lohit with 258 cases. The lowly populated Dibang Valley district, considered to be the most peaceful district registered only 4 cases during 2014, while Anjaw registered 26 crime cases, the SP said.

Troubled Tirap, Changlang and Longding recorded 395 crimes, compared to 448 registered in 2013.  As per the crime statistics provided, a total of 59 rapes incidents were reported in the state during 2014 against 73 in 2013. Incidents of kidpping and abduction have been reduced to 134 in 2014 against 140 in the previous year. A total 153 cases of crime against women were recorded in the state during the year against 156 recorded in 2013. The state during the year recorded 70 murder cases against 67 registered in 2013. Riot, dacoity, robbery and theft cases reported during the year were 702 against 851 in 2013.

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