Kendrapara, Sept 15 (LocalWire): Three marine police stations at Jamboo, Talachua and Tantiapala in the coastal district of Kendrapara are very important police stations but are plagued by lack of space, staff and other basic infrastructure. Even two marine police stations in Tantiapala and Talachua have no boats to venture into the sea for last four years.
A police officer of the marine police station in Jamboo said, ‘This marine police station lacks basic infrastructure. It functions with sparse staff. It needs an inspector, three sub-inspectors, three assistant sub-inspectors, two havildars and eight constables. But at present it is being managed by an inspector, two ASIs, two havildars and constables.’
The marine police station at Talachua has sanctioned posts of one inspector, three sub-inspector, three assistant sub-inspectors, eight havildars, 24 constables and two boatmen. But the police station is being managed by an inspector, an ASI, three havildars and five constables only.
The marine police station at Tantiapala has sanctioned posts of an inspector, three SIs, three ASIs, eight havildars, 24 constables and two boatmenbut it is runs by one SI, one ASI, two havildars, and seven constables.
‘We don’t have even proper chairs and tables to sit and work. There are not enough benches or tables for policemen. We have to squeeze ourselves in the little space available. The police station lacks almirahs for maintenance of records,’ said an ASI of Jamboo marine police station.
After the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008, where terrorists entered the city from the sea, the government established marine police stations to strengthen the security along the coast to prevent recurrence of such incidents, officials said.
Niti Sekhar, the Kendrapara SP said, ‘The authorities are aware of the shortage of staff in these marine police stations and will soon appoint more security persons.