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Odisha: Elections A Major Challenge For Twin City Police In 2019, Says Police Commissioner

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01 January 2019

Bikash Das

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Bhubaneswar: The Temple City of Bhubaneswar has seen significant growth in length and breadth during the past one decade. Starting with population, vehicular traffic and educational institutions, the aspects of Bhubaneswar's growth are multi-dimensional.

In such a scenario, the roles and responsibility of the Commissionerate of Police have expanded proportionately. Especially, as the city has acquired international tag hosting a host of international and national sporting events.

On the New Year Day, Police Commissioner of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, Satyajit Mohanty said that 2018 was an eventful year for the Twin City police which had to meet global security standards to ensure a successful conduct of the Odisha Men's Hockey World Cup.

The Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, scheduled this year will pose a major challenge for the Commissionerate of Police. "We have to brace ourselves up from now onwards. Election preparedness, meetings, arrival of VIPs and campaigns, Bhubaneswar is going to witness a lot of activity during the year before elections," he said.

Towards crime control, the Commissionerate of Police made it a point to tackle and prevent petty crimes. "This ward watch has sent a signal to the criminals that the police is alert and any form of crime, be it small or big, would not escape the clutches of the men in uniform," Mohanty said.

The security of Bhubaneswar would be the primary duty. The anti-socials and habitual offenders were always under constant surveilance of the police. This strategy will be continued in 2019, he added.

“Snatching offences tend to impact the sense of security of the common man. Most of such crimes are related to drug abuse. So, our priority in 2019 would be to check drug peddling and illegal firearms trade,” Mohanty added.

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Satyajit Mohanty, Police Commissioner, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack