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THOUBAL| Nov 5
For the first time in Manipur, a Cycle Patrol Unit at Kakching District Police was launched by IGP, Zone I, Clay Khongsai today.
Today’s launch ceremony which was held at the office complex of the SP, Kakching District Police, witnessed the attendance of Clay Khongsai as chief guest along with DIG Range -III K. Radhashyam; deputy commissioner, Kakching district, Nelienthang Telien; CO, 3rd IRB Wangbal, N. Herojit; SP, Tengnoupal district, S. Ibomcha; SP, Kakching district, Victoria Yengkhom and several other high ranking police officials.
Clay Khongsai, in his speech as chief guest, expressed his happiness at the initiative taken up Victoria Yengkhom stating that the sight of the Cycle Patrol Unit would help reduce the apprehensions and fear experienced by the public whenever they witness police personnel as it is less intimidating. It will help in bridging the gap between the people and the police while also building up a rapport between them, he said.
“The police are there to serve and aid the public,” Clay Khongsai stated while also making a public appeal for support and aid in any activities taken up by the police to reduce incidents of crimes in society. He also elaborated on the benefits of police personnel performing patrolling duties on bicycles stating that the unit would now be able to deftly overcome some of the common hindrances faced by police personnel and also help in conserving fuel and the environment. “The cycle patrol unit will now be able to easily gain information on any illegal activity,” the IGP continued adding that further plans will be considered to launch such cycle patrol units in other districts of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, K. Radhashyam stated that the launch of the cycle patrol unit is a great and memorable achievement for Kakching district police. “As it would also help in bringing closer the relationship between the people and police, I believe the transparency of police activities can also be displayed to the public,” he said.
Nelienthang Telien also provided assurance that the District Administration will totally extend its support to any activity or initiative taken up by the district police.
Speaking about the cycle patrol unit, Victoria Yengkhom stated that the unit was launched with the main objective of reassuring the public that the police are there to serve and protect the people. In order to reduce incidents of violence and other unwarranted crimes in the district by bridging the gap between the people of Kakching and the police and strengthening the ties between them, the cycle patrol unit was launched as a pilot project, she said.
In other countries, such units have been established long time back and Kerala Police is successfully utilising its cycle units, Victoria continued adding that it is her belief that the initiative will also work in Manipur and more the lack of District Police vehicles inspired her to launch the cycle patrol unit. “When there is a dream or belief, it can always be turned into action,” she said while adding that other senior officials were strongly supportive in turning her plans into reality.
The cycle patrol unit launched today will utilise 120 bicycles, and for the first phase, 60 bicycles have already been procured. The bicycles will be used by Sugnu, Kakching and Pallel police stations and also at Singtom, Wangoo-lamkhai, Umathel, Langmeidong and Sekmaijin outposts. Both male and female personnel of Kakching reserve line will also get to use the bicycles procured, Victoria added.
As part of today’s event, SDPO, Sugnu police, A. Romendro presented a slide show on the ‘Role and importance of cycle patrol unit’.
The launch ceremony was also attended by representatives and members of Various CVOs, social organisations, private institutions and senior citizens of Kakching district.