To expedite action in assault cases involving employees of civic bodies, the Pune City police appointed two nodal officers at the rank of deputy commissioner of police (DCP).
At a recent meeting held at the Pune police headquarters, a decision was made. Employees of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) engaged in delicate operations, such as demolishing illicit buildings or those built on encroached land, will likewise be shielded by the officers.
Safety concerns recently gained attention after Kasba Peth MLA Ravindra Dhangekar was accused of abusing Nandakishor Jagtap, the head of the PMC’s water supply department, at a public function.
According to a PMC engineer, at least 25 major offenses against PMC employees have occurred recently. During an anti-encroachment drive, a mob tried to set a senior officer on fire, and during meetings, elected members threw shoes. Civic officials must be protected. Their union requested the creation of a cell to deal with these issues from the PMC’s legal department.
Officials claim that the administration has launched demolition campaigns against unauthorized buildings, unauthorized hawkers, and unauthorized advertising materials. Additionally, the PMC carried out targeted campaigns against food joints, rooftop restaurants, and businesses operating in the front and side margins.