Meghalaya: Dacoity cases on the rise in GH; 3 in police net

Meghalaya: Dacoity cases on the rise in GH; 3 in police net

TURA | Feb 23, 2019:

The spate of dacoity and car theft cases in Garo Hills has prompted the Meghalaya Police to seek the active support from the citizens in nabbing the culprits behind the offences.

In line with this, the West Garo Hills district administration, including the police and Church representatives met recently to work out a way for bettering the security infrastructure.

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The move came even as three from the gang of dacoity suspects have been arrested with police identifying another few more who should be caught soon.

Residents across Garo Hills have been concerned at the continued cases of robberies and dacoities around Garo Hills, especially the attack and looting of Catholic parishes and institutes. Posters seeking immediate arrest of the culprits have also been pasted in various places across the region.

To this effect a joint meeting, chaired by the DIG, Western Range along with DC, SP and the All Garo Hills Catholic Union was held on Feb 19. 

The meeting requested all Parishes, institutes and Churches to install CCTVs with the OC/IC asked to make periodic checks upon request by concerned authorities. Further police also asked for the immediate reporting of any suspicious movement of miscreants, vehicles, no matter how frivolous it may look, to police authorities.

Further the verification of all casual, manual temporary workers was also requested. This verification was to be done through the local OC/IC. A request was also made to keep financial matters and place of money safes confidential. When there were events wherein money would be there in institutes, like Sobhas, admissions among others, to actively seek security from police.

The meeting also sought awareness to be spread through devotees to not panic but be alert and vigilant by providing appropriate intelligence and info to nab suspects to the police.

During the meeting the police also informed on the preventive measures that are currently in place to ensure non repetition of the acts of dacoities.

"The number of patrols has been increased from 1 to 3 in Tura Town. One Gazetted police officer will be personally doing night duty to supervise these arrangements which includes the SP, additional SP among others. Further load shedding hours have also been shifted from night to day time and security has been beefed up and random naka check points in main entry exits of Tura and other PS. We are also going to hold safety and awareness programs across the district jointly," said a highly placed police source.

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