Chandigarh: In a bid to wipe out the network of gangsters operating across the state and to create a sense of security amongst the residents, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday directed Punjab DGP VK Bhawra to establish a full-fledged Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF).
The soon-to-be constituted AGTF will be headed by an ADGP-rank officer.
Chairing a high-level meeting, CM Mann emphasised the need for the eradication of organised crime, adding ensuring law and order is the foremost priority in order to restore people`s confidence in the police machinery.
In a statement, the Punjab government said that the eradication of organized crime is among its topmost priorities.
Mann urged CPs and SSPs to make coordinated efforts to check organised crimes in the state. The taskforce is formed to combat organised crime and it will have integrated collection of intelligence, manning and execution of operations, registration of first information reports (FIRs), investigation and prosecution, said officials. New police stations with statewide jurisdiction over organised crime will be notified, said officials
Former chief minister Amarinder Singh had also set up Punjab Police’s Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU) to deal with the criminal gangs in the state. Over 70 active gangs with around 500 members operate in the state as per sources. Around 300 of these gangsters are in jail.