Get an audit of illegal deployment of gunmen, Randhawa told top police


Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Tuesday directed all zonal IGs/DIGs to conduct a personal audit of unauthorized deployment of gunmen on duty from police battalions/stations and submit a report in this regard by November 25. Randhawa also ordered that no police officer and staff shall leave their jurisdiction without the permission of the supervising officer. He said that strict disciplinary action would be taken for violating this order.

In a press release issued here on Tuesday, Randhawa said that it has come to his notice that “unauthorized deployment of gunmen from police battalions/police stations is done”. Describing it as a serious matter, he said that “Similarly, police officers/personnel give up their jurisdiction which will not be tolerated as police is a disciplined force”.

Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Anurag Verma has issued written instructions regarding the “serious note taken by the Deputy Chief Minister on both the matters”. The ACS has written to all IGs/DIGs regarding unauthorized deployment of gunmen from police stations/battalions and directed them to conduct manpower audit of at least two police stations under their jurisdiction and submit reports by November 25.

Similarly, the ACS has also written to the DGP, all the police commissioners and SSPs in the matter of not allowing the police officers/personnel to leave the areas of their jurisdiction without permission.
Randhawa also directed the police to take all measures to prevent any kind of terrorist activity in the state ahead of the elections.

He was at Bhogpur sugar mill on Tuesday, where he started the sugarcane crushing season and laid the foundation stone of two major projects, including a 15 MW power generation plant and a bio-CNG plant.

The Deputy CM, who also holds the collaboration portfolio, said that the 15 MW power generation plant would be extremely beneficial for ensuring proper utilization of stubble, thus paving the way for providing crop residue management solutions on a large scale. He said that this plant would meet the needs of the farmers living within 20 km radius from the point of view of stubble management. He said power worth Rs 16 crore would be sold from this plant in the current season and this would further increase the income of the mill.

He also laid the foundation stone of a CNG based bio gas plant here at a cost of Rs 1 crore. 300 million which will produce four tonnes of Bio-CNG per day and the average consumption of crop residue on a daily basis will be up to 100 tonnes. He also directed the officials to ensure the supply of Bio-CNG through pipelines in the surrounding area. He announced that the capacity of this mill would be increased from the existing 3,000 tonnes/day to 5,000 tonnes/day.