Zero tolerance towards unscrupulous immigration agents: Mann

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Continuing the spree of modernising the Punjab Police on scientific lines, state Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday flagged off a fleet of 16 hi-tech Mahindra Bolero vehicles and 56 motorcycles to further strengthen the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU).

Addressing the gathering after flagging off the vehicles, the CM said that the menace of human trafficking has increased manifold across the globe, but the government will curb it with a heavy hand in the state. Mann said that no stone will be left unturned for this cause and Punjab Police will be equipped with ultra-modern infrastructure to combat this crime.

The CM said that the government has adopted a zero tolerance policy against the illegal travel agents who cheat people and indulge in human trafficking. He said that apart from taking exemplary action against such travel agents, the state government will also launch a drive to make the people aware about these dubious travel agents. Mann also said that necessary amendments will also be made in the Immigration Act to ensure severest of severe action against such travel agents.

Citing the case of around 700 students stuck in Canada, the CM said that these students had been duped by the travel agents by sending them abroad on fake documents. He said that the state government is committed to tightening the noose on such travel agents. The state government is in contact with the Canadian embassy to ensure that the culprits of this heinous crime are brought to book (in Punjab).

Giving details of the hi-tech vehicles, the CM said that these vehicles are equipped with an advanced Mobile Network Video Recording System (MNVRS), four cameras – two outdoor and two indoor – and Vehicle Location Tracking System (VLTS). Mann described the launch of these hi-tech vehicles as yet another step towards modernising policing, which will help the state effectively prevent human trafficking of women and children. He said that the advanced mobile surveillance system installed in these Bolero vehicles is robust with industrial grade standards and can record video in a moving vehicle to collect evidence with real-time monitoring and alerts.

The CM said that this will also allow officers to monitor live activity and locate vehicles through the control room, besides making voice communication with the people sitting in the vehicle during its movement in the field.



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