Siliguri, 2 December
For better policing, a new police station, which will cover the Shiv Mandir area, would be set up at North Bengal University (NBU) campus. The Matigara police station presently covers the area. The Siliguri Metropolitan Police has already written to the NBU authority, seeking clearance on the land to be acquired.
Informing, the former Siliguri Metropolitan Police commissioner Mr K Jayaraman, had said while he was holding the past that the Matigara police station would be divided to make room for the new one.
“This has become an imperative in view of Shiv Mandir area expanding with time. Besides, it is a hub of academic and commercial activities. Apart from the university, there are many schools, a law college and numerous automobile show rooms in the area. We are concerned about the security in the varsity campus,” Mr Jayaraman had said.
“We have received the letter from police. We have referred the proposal to the principal secretary of the higher education department for approval regarding the land to be acquired for the purposed police station within the NBU premises,” said the NBU registrar, Mr B P Dwivedi.
Mr Jayaraman had said the proposal would be sent to the police directorate for approval.
“While seeking the approval, we need to mention the number of crimes occurring in the area, aside from stressing the growing importance of the area and the necessity of the setting up a new police station. We hope the new police station will be functional in two years,” he added.
It is also learnt that at least two other police outposts under the Siliguri Metropolitan Police jurisdiction would be converted into full-fledged police stations soon.
The proposal for converting the NJP police outpost, now operating under Bhaktinahar police station, into a police station had already been sent.