Pune: “Cyber crime, narco terrorism, use of combat drones and crime mafias are some of the problems that our country needs to address in a sytemic and planned way to maintain peace,” said former Director General of Police (DGP) SS Virk.
The former DGP has served in Maharashtra and Punjab and played various roles while in the force to maintain law and order in the country.
Virk was speaking during the anniversary celebration of Sakal Saptahik at Balgandharva Rangmandir on Wednesday.
Chairman Sakal Media Group Prataprao Pawar and Editorial Director Shriram Pawar were present for the occasion.
Virk joined the Maharashtra cadre of the Indian Police Service in 1970 and later was dispatched to Punjab during the 1980s when the state was facing a growing security threat from Sikh separatists.
Virk recollected his memories of serving the country during the handling of Operation Black Thunder and the issue of naxalism in areas of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar.
Speaking at the event Virk said, “I take an oath that in my service I have never fired the first bullet. We must understand that the people fighting against us are our people and so we must give them some time. We must also understand that the issues that they are fighting for are genuine as per their opinion. If we have opposite opinions we should be able to convince them and make them agree on our opinion.”
The former DGP said that if the country needs to prosper and bring peace in any of the states including Kashmir or Naxal-affected areas, the State should rely on development and provide basic necessities in areas of healthcare, education and others. Speaking on ways to bring peace in the country, Virk said, “We will have to increase patrolling and surveillance to control issue of terrorism. These days we have drones deploying weapons. The issue of narcotics is also a major issue as many narcotic consortiums are funding terrorism. When it comes to cyber crimes a large amount of money is being stolen from banks in seconds. There are crime mafias operating, be it land mafia or drugs mafia. There is need to control such issues to bring in peace.”
He pointed out that sleeper cells do exist and strong mechanism should always be in place to trace such cells to prevent terrorism in the country.
Responding to several queries from audience at the event, Virk said that as the country works on democratic principles and follows the Constitution, there is political interference in issues of law and order.