Punjab News Hit by space crunch, police encroaches upon parks


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Rajpura/Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29

Shortage of space in police stations has lead to encroachment of parks and empty plots where cops dump seized material, including drugs, impounded and accidental vehicles.

A visit to the police stations in Fatehgarh Sahib and Rajpura reveals that there is no space to store vehicles and material seized from the arrested accused. The seized material has now found its way to nearby parks and empty plots.

The police officials said the ‘Maalkhana’, a place in the police station where the seized goods and narcotics are supposed to be stored, are completely packed with the seized material.

“Every time we confiscate a haul of drugs or impound vehicles, we get confused as there is no space to store it either in the police station or even outside,” said the police officials.

Country made liquor, oily edibles that stinks and accidental vehicles were the most unpleasant material that annoys the cops, but they have no other option, but to store it in the police stations.

Many of the police station in charges rued that they were upset over the problem, but to no avail. “Whenever we bring this problem to senior functionaries, they simply ask us to devise ways to get rid of it,” said the officials deployed in these police stations.

“Ultimately we have to manage at our own and we then pass the buck to our juniors, who have to arrange the material and utilise the empty space in the backside or adjoining police stations. It also brings nuisance for the visitors as well as those putting up in the police station,” they said.

“Neither anyone of us can search anything, as it also houses many creepy crawly creatures. The big and small insects near the stored material also produce odd sounds during night hours and nobody will ever come close to the dumping site,” said the police officials.

Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill admitting the problem said sometimes delay in releasing the impounded material by the court leads to the problem. “Since, there is no space to store such material, we have no other option but to store it in the police stations and utilise adjoining empty places,” he said.