GUWAHATI, Nov 16 (Agencies): Five years after chief minister Tarun Gogoi mooted the idea of having a police commissionerate in the city following serial blasts by NDFB that killed more than 65 people in Guwahati alone, the city is likely to have its first police commissioner by January 26. The blasts had killed more than 100 people in the other parts of the state.
Assam DGP Jayanto Narayan Choudhury told TOI, “The chief minister has given us January 26 deadline for setting up the police commissionerate in Guwahati and accordingly we have submitted our proposal to the government.
” The Assam Police Act, 2007, has provisions for appointing a police commissioner in metropolitan areas and major urban areas where the population is more than 10 lakh. According to police records, the population of the city is over 15 lakh.
State commissioner and secretary of home department G D Tripathi told TOI, “The process to have a police commissioner in Guwahati is on. No bill in the assembly is needed to set up the commissionerate.”
Section 7 of the Assam Police Act says, “The state government may, by notification in the official gazette, establish for each urban areas with a population of 10 lakh or more as may be notified for the purpose from time to time, a police system which is capable of handling the typical complex problems of crime, public order and internal security in urban areas, which call for quick and comprehensive response springing from purposeful direction unitary chain of command, professional competence, function specialization and legal authority coupled with accountability.”
The Act states that the police commissioner to be appointed should not be below the rank of an inspector general of police (IGP).
A source said the DGP has proposed appointment of an additional police commissioner, two joint police commissioners, besides deputy police commissioners and assistant deputy police commissioners to assist the police commissioner.