Friday, September 22, 2017

Nay Pyi Taw police force copes with crimes

Police have vowed stronger action against crime in Pyinmana township, the modestly delinquent younger brother of sedate Nay Pyi Taw. Under the command of Nay Pyi Taw Regional Police Force, the Pyinmana township police force is now stepping up to its responsibilities for security.

Police officers stand guard outside parliament in Nay Pyi Taw in 2011. Photo: EPAPolice officers stand guard outside parliament in Nay Pyi Taw in 2011. Photo: EPA

Not that there is what you would call a crime wave. A crackdown launched to seize drugs and weapons has found no drugs, and one knife.

“While joint forces from Nay Pyi Taw Regional Police Force have carried out checks and regular patrols around the town, our Pyinmana township police have assumed responsibility for the legal process,” said Pyinmana police chief Captain Tin Htay.

“So far, we haven’t found any drugs, but we know that some young men carry daggers. If we catch anyone in possession of a weapon, we take action under section 19(e) of the penal code. Just a few days ago, we filed a case relating to possession of a weapon,” he said.

He said robberies and assaults often occurred in Ywar Kaut ward.

“There are empty houses there where thieves congregate,” he said.

A couple of weeks ago, a lawyer was mugged in the street outside the Nan Sein Cake and Bakery shop in Pyinmana.

The police have called for the cooperation of the public in reducing crime, and security has been increased at a local hotspot, the Rose Roundabout, the site of a night bazaar that attracts young people. They take selfies, drink and get into fights, said Officer Tin Htay.

“They come on motorbikes or in cars and take pictures and sit around the roundabout. It’s a known haunt. We keep an eye on them,” he said, adding that nothing much had happened during the past month.

Other places under increased police security surveillance include the township electricity offices, the broadcasting station, the petroleum storage station, Nancho hydropower facility, the Awaiyar Dam and Myanma Economic Bank.

Since July 1, 35 crimes have been reported in Pyinmana, including two cases of dacoitry, a robbery, two thefts and 29 lesser offences.

Translation by Zar Zar Soe and San Layy