NAINITAL: In a bid to check rising crimes against women, the Uttarakhand police is all set to form special investigating units to look into such cases. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had earlier asked the state police to name three districts where these units can initially be set up. After some deliberation, the cops have decided to have these units in Dehradun, Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar, the three districts which have recorded the highest cases of crimes against women in the recent past.
“MHA asked us to name three districts for such units last month. As per the guidelines, we have initiated the process of creating posts so that these units can be put together. The draft of the proposal has already been sent to the state government for approval,” said Uttarakhand director general of police, B S Siddhu. If successful, these special investigating units will be extended to all the 13 districts in future.
Officials said that each unit will include 15 officials, led by an additional superintendent rank officer. Each of these units will have an ASP, two DSPs, four inspectors, four sub-inspectors and four constables. Every unit will have at least five women officers.
“These three districts were chosen on the basis of data compiled by the state police on crime against women. While Haridwar topped the list, Dehradun and Udham Singh Nagar were second and third respectively,” said Mamta Vohra, additional superintendent of police, women’s cell.
The special units will look at cases of rape, murder and acid attacks, with the sole purpose of speeding up the probe and eventually ensuring quick justice for women. The state and the Central government will share expenditure for these units