Amid border flare up, many police stations san basic facilities

Vishal Sharma


Despite border escalations many police stations and police posts of border region remained deprived of basic facilities.
There are several police stations and police posts which are still not operating from their own buildings and are accommodated in just two to three room sets. If sources are to be believed many of them even don’t have the attached toilets while most of them don’t have separate toilets for the woman. Reports on the poor infrastructure and lack of basic facilities for the police force in the state has been published by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) time and again, but unfortunately still many of the police stations especially along the border regions are running without proper infrastructure and scare basic facilities.
Even the department in a reply to RTI last year had itself revealed that 48 Police stations and 14 Police posts in the state are without any toilet facility while 49 Posts and 23 Police Stations are without drinking water facility.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Jammu-Kathua range Ashkoor Ahmad Wani when asked admitted that there are several shortcomings in the infrastructure of the police stations and police posts but the process of modernization is going on. He said that construction of new police station buildings is under way at many places while renovation and up
gradation process has also been initiated by the department. Pertinent to mention here that according to CAG report of 2014 18 police stations and 103 police posts were operating without ‘own’ buildings while out of 192 only 89 police posts are functioning from own buildings. It was also revealed that none of the police stations in six of the eight police districts was having a separate toilet for the women. Besides this lack of interrogation rooms, rest rooms, single lock-up rooms was also reported.

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