Police Commissioner poses as common man to test police staff
Disguised as a common man, Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash paid surprise visits to three police stations under his jurisdiction to check the promptness and efficiency of the police personnel on duty at these police stations. Prakash himself gave information about the sequence of events that unfolded during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.
The commissioner sported a fake beard
As part of the exercise, Prakash visited Hinjawadi, Wakad, and Pimpri Police Stations. In order to change his appearance, the commissioner sported a fake beard and wore a Pathani dress as well as a skull cap. Assistant Commissioner of Police Prerna Katte also accompanied him by posing as a common citizen.
Staff was prompt and alert at Hinjawadi and Wakad: Prakash
"To test the ground reality, we disguised as common citizens and visited three police stations and a couple of nakabandi points in the jurisdiction at night," Prakash said. "During the visits to Hinjawadi and Wakad Police Stations, we found that the staff on duty there were prompt in listening to our woes and were seen taking efforts in registering complaints," he added.
Pimpri Chinchwad staff tried to evade their duties
During the visit to Pimpri Chinchwad police station, Prakash found that the staff was seen evading their duties by asking them to go to a police chowki attached to the police station. "Initially, the staff did not treat us well, although they changed and attended to us well later. It might be because one of the duty officers recognized me," he added.
Disguised officers presented different complaints at the three stations
At Hinjawadi Police Station, the disguised officers complained about some anti-social elements harassing them, while at Wakad Police Station, Prakash told the police personnel that the gold chain of his wife was snatched away by a motorcyclist. At Pimpri Police Station, the police commissioner complained against the ambulance driver for demanding exorbitant charges for ferrying a patient.