The February 21 Dilsukhnagar twin bomb blasts have forced the state police to press for a major revamp of the policing system in the Greater Hyderabad region. “We are pushing through the proposal for the merger of Hyderabad and Cyberabad commissionerates,” director general of police Dinesh Reddy said on Friday. But the final call has to be taken by the state government. As per the proposal, the Greater Hyderabad region will be divided into four commissionerates__ Hyderabad, Hyderabad South, Secunderabad and Cyberabad. Each commissionerate will be headed by an IG rank officer who will have all the legal powers currently exercised by the city police commissioner. The Greater Hyderabad chief police commissioner, an official of the rank of additional DG or DG, will coordinate with the four commissioners, with the DGP and the state government.
Presently the two city commissionerates together have 100 law and order police stations, four women police stations, two cyber crime police stations and a Central Crime Station (only with Hyderabad). Specialized units like City Security Wing, Task Force, Special Operations, Special Branch Team are also part of the two city police structures. “However, police officials realized long ago that the existing system is unwieldy. Area wise, the Cyberabad commissionerate is 18 times bigger than Hyderabad commissionerate and a logistical nightmare given the fact that it encircles the Hyderabad district. Clearly, the Cyberabad commissionerate’s formation was not properly planned. It is the right time to re-organize the two commissionerates,” said a senior police official. And never did the anomaly hit hard as the recent Dilsukhnagar twin blasts. While the first bomb blast took place under Malakpet police limits in Hyderabad commissionerate, the second one happened under Saroonagar police station in Cyberabad commissionerate and the first few minutes after the blast saw a major confusion as to which blast site falls under whose jurisdiction. “Despite the fact that the two bomb blast sites were separated by a distance of mere 100 metres, because of separate jurisdiction, separate cases had to be registered and separate probes initiated,” said the official. According to sources, because of the jurisdictional hindrance, instead of focusing on the investigation after the blasts, a lot of effort was made by the police officials in both the commissionerates to co-ordinate various issues including the gathering of evidence, deciding on the direction of the probe, interaction and exchange of information with central and state level investigating agencies and for VVIP visits.
Top police officials, including the DGP, realized that revamping of the policing system in Greater Hyderabad is the need of the hour and moves are afoot now to get the state government to clear the proposal. The state police had constituted a special committee way back in March 2012 headed by the DGP with DG (L&O) SA HUDA, commissioners of Hyderabad and Cyberabad, ADG Intelligence M Mahender Reddy and ADG CID to look into various aspects of the formation of Greater Hyderabad Police Commissionerate. The committee’s report is almost ready and is slated to be sent to the state government at the earliest.