Soon the police stations in Bihar, particularly located in Naxal affected districts will be connected with Global Positioning System (GPS). The state police headquarters has already submitted a proposal to the state government in this regard.
Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Neelmani said that the state police would soon purchase 2500-3000 GPS sets. “A proposal has already been submitted to the state government. It is under the consideration of the state government. We hope the proposal will be approved in the next meeting of the cabinet,” he added.
The GPS system would help the police contain crime. The DGP said police headquarters has also proposed purchasing of 100 mortars of 81MM and 200 mortars of 51MM.
For the first time, the headquarters has felt the need of buying about 2000 deep search metal detectors (DSMD) and 100 thermal imagers (TI). Thermal imagers would be provided to the police stations located in Naxal hit areas to keep a watch on the movement of the Maoists at night.
“With the help of the thermal imagers, the security men can trace the movement of the Naxalites in a radius of 1.5 KM. The state police is bereft of such a device,” Neel Mani said, adding that about 200-300 other night vision devices.
The police required 90 more bullet protected gypsies for better policing in Naxal affected areas. The state has at present more than 60 bullet protected vehicles. Besides, there is a proposal to purchase 150 bullet protected troupe carriers. The headquarters has also proposed strengthening bomb disposal squads.
The DGP said that two more bomb disposal squads would be stationed in districts. While one of them is proposed to be set up at Barauni (Begusrai), the location of another unit is yet to be finalised. At present two bomb disposal squads are stationed in Patna, and two each in Gaya, Dehri (Rohtas), Muzaffarpur and Jamalpur (Munger).
Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) B S Meena said that in the first phase, police patrol cars of important police stations would be equipped with GPS facility. It has been learnt in the recent times that the police patrol cars remained conspicuously absent from the site of crime and could only be located when the criminals left the place of occurrence (PO).
The arrangement has already been done that at least one police patrol should touch one particular place within 10-15 minutes. But due to absence of any device, the police parties on the patrol cars could easily lie about their locations at the time of commitment of crimes.
Now with the installation of GPS, this problem can be checked and no police patrol can lie about its location, the SSP said adding that any senior police official could know the exact location of the particular police parties at given times.