Baranagar Police Station & Barrackpore Police Commissionerate
To provide satisfactory safety & security to the city dweller, infrastructure of Police department is altering, strengthening & regulating with superior control over the security organism, i.e. police department is reinforcing and spreading through commencement of Police Commissionerate in the districts ofWest Bengal, similar to Kolkata Police.
Previously, The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee announced to set-up 5 Police Commissionerate in the State. According to the planning of the State Government, those were Howrah, Asansol-Durgapur, Bidhannagar, Barrackpore & Siliguri. The Howrah & Asansol-Durgapur Police Commissionerate was already in full swing since September, 2011.
State Government can not open any Police Commissionerate devoid of concerned High Court’s authorization. Such initiation is directly correlated with the setting up of a Session’s Court as well as the recruitment of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. Apart from restructuring of Judicial System, deployment of additional manpower, building including barracks, vehicles, related infrastructures are also needed to be arranged, which required mammoth economic commitment from the part of State Government.
The West Bengal State Cabinet approved the proposal for initiating new Commissionerate and consented for pursues in the month of September, 2011 & had been sent to the Calcutta High Court for approval. On 26th December, 2011, The Calcutta High Court consented on State Government instigation & sanctioned to set-up Police Commissionerates for Bidhannagar & Barrackpore in the District of 24 Pgs (North).
In the evening of 26th December, 2011, The Chief Minister ofWest Bengal – Ms.Mamata Banerjee enlightened at Writer’s Building – “We have got the necessary approval for setting up commissionerates for Bidhannagar and Barrackpore. This will boost policing in the two urban clusters,” She added “After coming to power in May, we had formed two new police commissionerates for Howrah and Asansol-Durgapur. Today, on getting the necessary clearance from the High Court and the judicial department, we have created two more police commissionerates of SaltLake and Barrackpore. The move is aimed at providing better governance,”
Thus, by approving two new Police Commissionerates intended for two densely colonized although habitually neglected areas at Bidhannagar and Barrackpore, Chief Minister extending her vision towards a smart administration.
A few decades ago, with the application of modern technique, Salt Lake and its adjoining areas were converted into a novel Township & presently rehabilitated as a prominent township for the V.V.I.P.’s occupancy. On the other hand, Baranagar and its adjoining areas are quite prominent for Dutch, Portuguese, British possession and remind of bondage India & for Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Dakshineswar, Baranagar Math, Chitannyadev etc. remembrance the socio-spiritual development which relate with proud legacy and heritage of the country.
Presently, the vast area from Baranagar to Barrackpore; Barrackpore to Dum Dum, a host of developmental activities including Metro Railway, State and National Highways, Urbanization through gigantic Housing projects etc. are lined up and day-by-day converted into a blissful hunting ground for anti-social elements. Most probably due to that rationale, former Chief General of Indian Army, Shankar Roy Chowdhury welcomed such initiations however commented on 26th December, 2011 –“I think the decision is fine, but hope it will necessarily mean adequate number of policemen. That is what is needed most.”
On & from 20th January, 2012, the existing 24 Pgs (North) Police District will be segregated due to the official formation of two new Police Commissionerate; The Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate and The Barrackpore Police Commissionerate.
There will be 19 Police Station under the jurisdiction of 24 Pgs (North) Police District: Amdanga, Ashokenagar, Baduria, Bagda, Barasat, Basirhat, Bongaon, Deganga, Gaighata, Gopalnagar, Habra, Haroa, Hasnabad, Hemnagar, Hingalganj, Minakha, Rajarhat, Sandeshkhali & Swarupnagar (Arranged Alphabetically).
The Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate will consist of 09 Police Station: Airport, Baguiati, Bidhannagar (East), Bidhannagar (North), Bidhannagar (South), Electronic Complex, LakeTown, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport & New Town (Arranged Alphabetically).
The Barrackpore Police Commissionerate will be in charge of 12 Police Stations: Baranagar, Barrackpore, Belghoria, Bizpore, Dum Dum, Ghola, Jagaddal, Khardah, Naihati, Nimta, Noapara & Titagarh (Arranged Alphabetically).
- Barrackpore Police Commissionerate is a part of West Bengal Police, consisting of two divisions, Barrackpore & Belghoria and under the direct administrative control of Home Ministry, Government of West Bengal.
- It will be treated as a city police force with Khaki Uniform along with primary responsibilities in law enforcement and investigation within the span of 297 square k.m. areas which roughly constitutes the Barrackpore subdivision and the northern part of Kolkata metropolitan area with 44 lakhs of population.
Office of the Additional S.P., Barrackpore will be treated as present Headquarter of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate. The commissionerate is headed by the Commissioner of Police, an Indian Police Service officer in the rank of Inspector-General of Police (IGP). The commissioner is assisted by a joint commissioner. There are two deputy commissioners for the two divisions.
Other departments, including the Traffic Wing & the Detective Department are headed by Additional deputy commissioners, who are in the rank of deputy superintendent of police. The police stations are headed by an Inspector as usual. Hence, in summery, there will be 1 Commissioner, 1 Joint Commissioner, 2 Deputy Commissioner, 4 Additional Deputy Commissioner, and 14 Assistant Commissioner. In total, force strength will be 1858 personnel. These 1858 cops are more than five times of the present strength of all the stations combined. Sanjoy Mukherjee, Inspector-General of Police (South Bengal) became the first Commissioner of Police of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate.
Barrackpore Police Commissionerate will have to counter the prevalent complaint of the poor surveillance of the Barasat area, which is the District Headquarters as well as the entry point towards Kolkata fromNorth Bengaland neighboring countries. Apart from Barasat, the everyday traffic rumbles especially in B.T.Road especially from Sinthee crossing, Dunlop crossing & prevention of crime and anti-social activities in the jute belt areas will be the biggest challenge.
Till the special branch is set-up, initially, one may seek assistance of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate through dialing 100 or may approach directly to a Deputy Commissioner of Police with complaint. To improve law and order situation within the jurisdiction of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate a few Police Station of bigger jurisdiction will be divided into 2 or 3 new Police Stations in near future. The fill-up the vacancies the process of recruitment has already been initiated against 1839 posts. To manage & control the traffic situation, about 1000 Civic Police Volunteers in the age group of 20 to 30 will be recruited. They have already deployed 52 Constables, 14 Assistant Sub-inspectors & 5 Sub-inspectors.
Presently, in the month of February, 2012 about 2,000 police personnel are deployed in different Police Stations in the Barrackpore Sub-division. To ensure better law & order conditions, another 600 constables will be included in the Barrackpore Police Commissionerate.
The first Commissioner of Police of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate, Sri Sanjoy Mukherjee intimated in a press conference held at the Barrackpore Emergency Force Lines on 01st February, 2012 that a few distinguished retired police officers who have served in the District Intelligence Bureau and the CID will also be inducted in the commissionerate. They will utilize their experience to improve the overall policing of this Police Commissionerate.
One very interesting point revealed by the Commissioner of Police that according to the decision of the State Government, no political organization will be allowed to interfere into the activities of Police.
In conclusion: The commissionerate will follow the structure of the one inCalcutta. Now, the citizen will keep faith & observe the outcome not the commitment.
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