Police indifference reflects on Facebook

While some gangsters lodged in jails of Punjab face no problem in updating their Facebook page about the latest crime, Ludhiana police refuse to acknowledge complaints and suggestions made by city residents on its Facebook page.

According to the Facebook page of Ludhiana police, the last time it was updated was on April 28. That is almost two weeks ago. Similarly, another Facebook page run by Ludhiana police, “Traffic Police Ludhiana”, has not been updated for the same time period. The last post on the page was related to cross-verification check posts to arrest vehicle thieves.

Many residents who keep a watch on the Facebook pages said Ludhiana police’s lack of activity was a reflection of its general indifference towards the public. “Earlier, Ludhiana police would share important information on traffic jams, rules and other crime-related advisories. It helped us in various ways. But, for about two weeks, they have not been doing it,” said Amandeep Singh, a businessman of Model Town.

He added that police in major cities of India had been using social-networking sites to connect better with people. Police authorities, meanwhile, said that the matter would be looked into. “I did not know about it. I will ask the officer concerned to update pages frequently as we need to use social-networking sites for better communication with residents,” said police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh.

Indifference writ large

Ludhiana police did not respond to any one of these posts by city residents on its Facebook page:

Sumrit Khurana | March 21

Absolutely poor work. Whenever there is a traffic jam, your officers are busy on their phone and people themselves have to clear it . And whenever your organisation needs money your policemen start issuing Challans. (Remark was in reference to a traffic jam due to crack in an overbridge, which commuters themselves had to clear.)

Rupesh Monga | April 8

Please control speeding by private buses in Ludhiana. The speed check post at Ferozpur Road, near octroi, is meant for only cars. I have never seen them checking buses and autos, even when the stop in the middle of road to pick passengers. Please regulate traffic. There should be a page where we can post videos showing traffic violations.

Pawaninder Singh | April 25
This is my thrid message to the police. There is school near our house. In the afternoon, vans of the school are driven recklessly and at break-neck speeds. We have children playing in the parks and crossing roads. Please take steps, like putting up barriers, to enure that there is no speeding. What are our cops waiting for?