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Thana in A&N Islands the best, Delhi’s in top 10: Survey

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NEW DELHI: Over 40% of those living near a police station in nearby markets have been asked to pay bribe, according to a soon-to-be-released study commissioned by the home ministry to rank the country’s top police stations.
But only 9% of those leaving a police station said policemen demanded a bribe. The survey ranked Aberdeen police station in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as the country’s best, followed by Balasinor in Gujarat’s Mahisagar and Ajk Burhanpur in MP. A majority of those living or working near police stations or those surveyed while leaving them said they did not face any discrimination on the basis of religion or gender.

Over 50% also said that the response was “quick”, indicating that police arrived within 30 minutes of an incident being reported. While several people complained of being unable to connect to the emergency helpline number, women respondents said they faced difficulty due to lack of information on a dedicated helpline, sources told TOI.
Feedback from citizens suggested that policemen needed to change their work culture and treat themselves as service providers, besides shifting the focus from the elite to the common man. The ranking, which was based on feedback from those who dealt with the police as well as cops in the country’s 80-odd best police stations, underlined the need for improvement in the quality of lockups in north India, while the state of toilets, barracks and overall infrastructure was a concern all over the country.
Surprisingly, approachability was seen to be good across the country, barring J&K, while record upkeep was seen to be poor in J&K, Bihar, Jharkhand and large parts of the northeast. Some months ago, the home ministry had appointed Grant Thornton to rank police stations in an annual survey
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