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How the new Mumbai commissioner plans to fight terror

March 08, 2007 00:24 IST

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Police Commissioner D N Jadhav, who took charge last week, said on Wednesday that breaking into terrorist modules was 'quite possible' and asserted that the policemen 'on foot' can help achieve this goal.

Jadhav -- while taking charge -- had identified curbing terrorism as his top most priority.

"No terrorist outfit works in complete isolation. Leads can be received if we identify any new tenant in a neighbourhood and that can be done only if policing returns to its basics - policemen going on foot in localities," he told PTI.

Jadhav, who earlier served as Pune police commissioner, said the 'policeman on foot' scheme was showing good results in the last two years since it was implemented in that city.

"In Pune, it has been very helpful in curbing street crimes but it can be put to use in other areas as well. Many times, a policeman visiting the area on a motorcycle or a jeep cannot end in the same result," he said.

According to him, various other measures like increasing contacts with 'sister agencies' and using more modern gadgetry will be used extensively to curb terrorism.

Jadhav, a 1972 batch IPS officer who took over from A N Roy last Friday, said he would concentrate on the human resources development front of the police.

"We must have better facilities for the police like good housing. I understand that stress is inevitable, but it can be reduced in matters where we can control it, for example having a greater control over your temperament in many cases," he said.

The overall stress, Jadhav said, would be to make police stations more friendly to the common man and policemen will be encouraged to interact more with the public and speak to them on subjects apart from business.

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