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Odisha to form special police force to check crime on National Highways

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Bhubaneswar: In the wake of growing number of crimes taking place on National Highways in the state, Odisha police is planning to form a special force to check the crime.

A letter has been written to Crime Branch asking to provide detailed list about the crimes reported from locations on the NH in the past three years. After receiving the list, the special force will be formed. A proposal in this regard has been sent to Odisha government for approval, said DGP Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma.

As per the reports by Sharma, the move came in view of the inconveniences occurring with people visiting Odisha from outside state and country. As they are alien to the state, they used to lodge complaint with police of their respective states when they face any trouble here for which it is getting delayed in police investigation into the cases.

The crimes continued unabated on the National Highways especially that run through Berhampur, Bhubaneswar and Khordha where the criminals attack the commuters for loot.

As the police personnel in various police limits face difficulties for patrolling on the highways, the department is planning to form a special police force, he said.

Not only the special force, but also police outposts will be constructed at some prominent locations of National Highways in the state. Apart from checking the crimes, the special police force and outposts, each comprising an officer in ASI rank and 12 constables and havlidars, will reach the accident site and admit the victims to hospitals, Sharma said.

It has been decided that the special police force will be formed in pattern that is operational in the cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Vishakhapatnam for police patrolling on the National Highways. The force will be comprised of the jawans from various battalions, he informed.

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