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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Edition 19: Pratap Dighavkar: Cop with Green Uniform

Pratap Ramachander Dighavkar, superintendent of police, Pune Rural, is dealing with underworld with the same determination as he has been planting trees since he was in Class XII in 1980, a simple fundamental is the guiding factor. That, if every person contributed equally towards environment, there would be no drought or famine in the country.

With this point in mind, he is trying to use his authority to achieve one goal — grow as many trees as possible. He has planted over one lakh saplings till date, without any financial aid from any government agency, with a conservative estimate of 90 per cent survival rate. But this soft heartedness towards greenery has not softened him as a cop as he has dealt with the criminals with a firm hand.

His efforts for tree planting earned him the Indira Priyadarshini Award, given by the ministry of environment, Government of India for year 2001. State government has also awarded him the Vanashree Award. He is also reciepient of Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award given by Maharashtra Government.

After taking over charge of his present posting, Dighavkar declared an innovative scheme of one criminal-one cop. His another plane was to put a tab on increasing number of accidents on highways. Dighavkar took charge from Ravindra Kadam in September last. Before coming to Pune, he was deputy commissioner of police in Mumbai.

According to Dighavkar, "Every police constable attached with the Pune rural police will be given responsibility of a criminal, who has previous record in property offences. The constable will have to keep a record of the criminal and his whereabouts, at least twice in a month. In our system, no track record of the suspects is kept. Suspects arrested for offences like robberies and vehicle thefts do the same crime again, once they are released from the jail."

Dighavkar is an IPS officer from 1987 batch. He worked in Kolhapur as Police Superitendent, as deputy commissioner in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and as district superintendent in Raigad district. After taking charge in Pune, a major and sensitive case of a girl in Indapur division, Puja Jadhav was resolved under his guidance.

Dighavkar is also worried over the the rate of fatal accidents in the jurisdiction of Pune rural police, which is the highest in the state.

The New Initiative
The office of SP Pune rural) is now connected via video conferencing to 14 police stations coming under the Pune rural police as well as the local crime branch and the additional SP's office.

According to Dighavkar, the Pune rural police are first in the state to use this facility.
With this facility is place, the need for the top cops to physically attend frequent meeting has been dispensed with. The police personnel had to travel long distances for attending meetings in SP’s office thus wasting a lot of time.
The facility has been started in 14 police stations in the jurisdiction as this will help save time and energy. Now, the SP can even interrogate the suspects by sitting in his office.

"Members of the public in various parts of the district can also interact with him using this facility. According to Dighavkar, all 31 police stations coming under the Pune rural police will soon be linked via video conferencing.


  1. Great Personality....
    I salute sir.. for his great work.....

  2. My idol.Just wanted to be like him