Shimla: After taking charge as the new director general of Himachal Pradesh Police here today, DS Manhas emphasized his priorities by committing himself to controlling drug trafficking in the hill state, besides checking corruption in the government machinery.
Soon after joining as new police chief, Manhas addressed media persons and said that special drives would be launched in drug-infested districts of Kullu, Mandi and Kangra, both at the time of cultivation and flowering of opium and cannabis. He said the problem in the state is getting more acute due to rising cultivation of opium. He also cautioned the public against fraudulent e-mails, mobile calls and SMSes on winning millions of rupees in lotteries.
“A large number of fraudulent cases have come to the fore in the state in the recent past. My advice to the public is to be cautious while replying and providing details of bank accounts and personal information to unknown people,” he said. Manhas, a 1977-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, replaces GS Gill, who retired yesterday after serving as the state police chief for two years.
The new DGP, who is also holding additional charge of the state’s vigilance and anti-corruption bureau, said his other priorities would be professional policing, reducing road accidents by identifying accident-prone areas and checking corruption in the government machinery.