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Vol. 6 | Issue 5 | Aug 2012

jyoti prakash mirjee police commissioner, bengaluru
‘No politics in Bengaluru policing’
The Police Commissioner of Bengaluru, Jyoti Prakash Mirjee, feels that there is no political interference in the functioning of the police in the city. He claims that the city police have become more humanistic in their approach. However, to make traffic movement smoother in the city, he stresses on the need to enhance infrastructure. Venugopalan spoke to him to understand his priorities. Excerpts:
Traffic congestion in Bengaluru is increasing day-by-day. What is your department doing to resolve the situation?
Jyoti Prakash Mirjee: As you know, Bengaluru has a very high vehicle population. About 50 lakh vehicles move on its roads every day. We have some problem with the basic infrastructure. These are being attended to by the government and will take some time to settle.
Do you want to say the entire traffic is moving well in the city?
JPM: Despite the fact that some roads are very narrow, and some flyovers and under-passes have to constructed, the overall situation is under control.
One of the reasons of mismanagement in traffic control is said to be the lack of coordination between civic agencies. There appears to be no collective planning? Is it due to a communication gap between the police and other departments?
JPM: There is no communication gap. We are working together. Planning is also being done accordingly.
Bengaluru is a cosmopolitan city and people in a large number from different States are migrating here. Do you think it is because of this that crime is increasing?
JPM: Compared to other cities, the crime rate in Bengaluru is much lower.
Bengaluru is said to have become a safe haven for terrorists? How are you tackling this issue?
JPM: No, not at all. I don’t think Bengaluru is even a hideout for terrorists. Both your impressions and questions are wrong.
But terrorist actions were clearly evident in the bomb blasts at Koramangala, Chennaswami Cricket Stadium, etc. How can you say Bengaluru is safe from terrorists?
JPM: Some small explosions do not mean that the entire city has become a safe haven for terrorists. Again, I say this is a wrong assumption.
How is the coordination between agencies under your control?
JPM: All police and security agencies working in the city follow my instructions. They have to listen to me, so there is no problem of coordination.
What are the initiatives you have taken to enhance relations with the public?
JPM: We have taken many initiatives like imparting training to policemen to maintain humanistic relations with the public. There is excellent cooperation in all police stations and all constables on beat duty have been instructed to maintain good relations with the public.
What about e-governance?
JPM: All 103 city police stations in the city have been computerised and work streamlined.
Is there any mechanism to resolve the woes of those affected by anti-social activities?
JPM: Yes, we have a citizen charter, peace committees and traffic coordination committees for this objective.
Do you have any awareness committee for students and the young generation?
JPM: Yes, we have a separate committee which looks after awareness among students and the youth. Our traffic department also organises literary programmes and creative competitions. We have a traffic park also.
Are you satisfied with the working of the citizen charter committee?
JPM: Yes, it is working well.
Is there any shortage of staff?
JPM: No, we have sufficient staff.
It is alleged that there is no transparency in transfer and posting of policemen.
JPM: No, it is not true. We fully abide by official rulings in this regard.
Do you face any political pressure in day-to-day functioning?
JPM: There is no political interference in our functioning. Karnataka politicians are not like that. They do not unnecessarily interfere in the administration.
Which is the sensitive area in Bengaluru?
JPM: There is no specific sensitive area. We maintain law and order in each and every part of the city. If anything happens, we reach there on time. The public also extends its full cooperation.
Have you been able to control social disorder?
JPM: If social disorder means murder, dacoity, etc., these are all under control.
It is seen that there is clash between excise department and the police over opening of the bars at night?
JPM: There is no clash at all. We maintain law and order as per Supreme Court directives.
Are you satisfied with your duty as a public servant?
JPM: I have always been satisfied with my work.
In performing such a challenging task, how do you spare time for your family?
JPM: Of course, it is very difficult to spare time. But, if I get even an hour, I spend it with my family. g 
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