In order to keep extortion menace under control at MIDC areas in Mahalunge, Chakan, Bhigwan, Patas and Ale Phata in Pune district, the rural police has sent proposals to the Home Ministry for setting up of separate police stations in these areas.
According to the police, another reason to have separate police stations is the rising population and fast urbanisation. “Currently, there are 32 police stations under the Pune Superintendent of Police office and these areas are in various jurisdictions. However, policing has become difficult because of the rapid urbanisation and population growth in recent times,” said Manoj Lohiya, the SP of Pune Rural Police.
They also felt the need of separate police stations for these areas because of the MIDC companies’ in these places. In the past, there were several complaints of extortion involving the local labour contractors who provide labour and other services to these companies.
“Since there are MIDC companies in these areas, there is a need for separate police stations so that the menace of extortion can be kept under the control,” said Lohiya.
He also added that they have demanded manpower of around 1000 for these police stations so that they can cope with the policing in these areas.
Currently, the MIDC in Chakan comes under Chakan police station. However, due to large area, it is difficult for the police station to keep a tab on the MIDC areas. To meet the expectations, the cops have proposed a different police station as Chakan MIDC.
Lohiya further said that there are two additional SP-level officers in the region. One sits in the head quarters and the other sits in Baramati. Both have to look after the entire area. “We have sent a proposal to give one more Additional Superintendent of Police for the district,” he said.