Hyderabad: Considered as the biggest commissionerate in the country in terms of area-wise jurisdiction, the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate has completed five years successfully in tackling crime, ensuring law and order and reaching out to the citizens in distress. The commissionerate also boasts of a conviction rate of 58 per cent in grave cases, the highest in the State.
The commissionerate, which started functioning on July 1, 2016, covers urban and rural areas of Ranga Reddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri and Yadadri-Bhongir districts with over 48 lakh population. The journey of the commissionerate started at a time when it had no permanent building and had to tackle several issues while ensuring peace and safety of citizens in rural areas of its jurisdiction, a bustling IT corridor.
In the last five years, due to the efforts of the police, death sentence was secured in two cases and life imprisonment in 50 cases. Rachakonda Commissionerate stood first with 34 per cent conviction rate. Of the 823 cases, convictions were secured in 278 cases.
The She Teams have helped in averting 107 child marriages in the last five years, most of them from rural areas. The ‘Jagruthi Kalabrundam’ teams, through their performances, ventured deep into villages and hamlets and sought to create awareness on social evils such as child marriages, dowry, and impact of social media, the role of students, drug abuse, cybercrimes, online frauds, eve-teasing, road accident and human trafficking among others.
After the 2019 Hajipur serial rape-murder case, in which the police succeeded in securing death penalty to the accused, Marri Srinivas Reddy within a year, the police, provided auto-rickshaws to the local unemployed youth in Hajipur and Bommalaramaram villages in Yadadri-Bhongir which are aimed to be a substitute to the government-run RTC buses. Officials said it will serve as a solution to unemployment and increase local security. Surveillance cameras with an estimated cost of Rs 14 lakh were set up in the village apart from providing bus service.
Apart from this, the Rachakonda Police had adopted the Rachakonda village with its four thandas. The police engaged tribals in voluntary work for road formation and also hired services of a contractor using Rs 4 lakh from the Community Policing fund. A 5-km approach road connecting Kadila Bavi thanda to Ayudhu Donal thanda with connectivity to the remote tribal village was also constructed.
The police here took a tough stand in curbing criminal activities like rowdism, organised crime, betting and women harassment. Concepts such as She Teams, She for Her, Margadarshaks and Sanghamitra have been working towards a safe IT corridor, safe travel and safe workplace for women.
So far, nearly 10,683 Community Cameras and 1,19,300 Nenu Saitham cameras have been installed in the Rachakonda Commissionerate over the period of five years. So far, the commissionerate has booked 1,16,307 cases and disposed of 52,873 cases while achieving a conviction rate of 58 per cent in grave cases, the highest in the State. A total of 141 cases pertaining to drug peddling were booked and 385 drug peddlers held.
During this period, about 332 cases of human trafficking were booked against organisers and customers and 720 persons held, 503 victims rescued and 196 brothels seized. The Rachakonda Police’s brick kiln worksite schools initiative for the children of Odisha migrant labourers not only garnered applause in the State and the country alike but has been cited in the United States Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report-2019.
Women safety priority: CP
Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said the tireless efforts of the officers from the level of the Home Guard up to the Commissioner rank is the key to success. He thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, DGP M Mahender Reddy for the support they offered in the growing years of the commissionerate.
“Despite the challenges faced at the field level, the entire staff of Rachakonda Commissionerate worked tirelessly as a team round-the-clock to maintain peace besides law and order in the commissionerate with selfless service,” he said.
The policing job is not easy and the success of Rachakonda Police would not have been possible without the cooperation from the citizens. “All the appreciation and awards being received are dedicated to my staff and the people,” he said. On the future plans, Bhagwat said the focus would be on women safety initiatives and lowering the crime rate across the commissionerate.
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