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Abhishek Trimukhe is an IPS officer of 2007 batch, he is serving as DCP Crime in Thane City. He was born in Hingoli and brought up in Akola. He had completed his qualification from Arts stream as his aim was to become IAS officer but unfortunately he became an IPS officer but no regret. He had cleared UPSC exam in first attempt and and alloted Maharastra cader of 2007. His posting was in Malegaon as ASP, Addl. SP in Gadchiroli, SP in Sindhurdurg where he got some exposure and then he was posted as SP in Usmanabad from there he was posted as DCP in Thane Zone 1 for about 1 year. As a DCP Crime of Thane City they have been achieve in cracking the call centre scam, petrol pump tampering case as well as car robbery case and even many street cases has been decreased in his presence. In an exclusive Interview with India Unbound Magazine, Abhishekh Trimukhe shared his experience at various postings and his duties.
Kindly tell us about your childhood days family background & where you born and brought up?
I was born in Hingoli but my Grandfather came for business in Akola so we decided to settle down at Akola so basically I am brought up in Akola. I have completed my schooling (SSC) from Akola. Then I shifted to Pune and completed my HSC from B.Sc field from Fergusson College then I did my BA in psychology itself from same college. After that I had started preparing for UPSC from Delhi.
You always wanted to join police ?
This was not my Aim, my aim was to become a Entrepreneur to setup my own business. But after HSC some of my relatives were preparing for the UPSC exam somehow I got influence and then my relatives appreciate me to give this exam that is why I change my stream after HSC from B.Sc to Arts and finally appeared for UPSC exam but after appearing exam my aim was to become IAS officer but all of us sudden I became IPS officer.
Can you share your experience from being a cop to DCP Crime Thane?
Abhishek Trimukhe, 2007 batch officer have almost completed my 10 yrs of services, I have all sought of experience in my career , even different sets of experiences and exposures to different problem. I was ASP in Malegaon as it is a communal place where I learned how to handle one or the other situation, then I was Addl. SP in Gadchiroli that time I had little bit of experience, how police works in Naxal areas, there after I was SP in Sindhudur so I got little bit of more exposure towards postal secretary, SP Usmanabad again it was a normal district where you can say mostly law order and crime is the main issue, then in thane zone 1 I was DCP for about 1 year and from past three month I am working as a DCP Crime in Thane City. Crime branch is more of the specialist kind of job where we can focus on themes we can analysis through our investigation in depth the offences which had registered till yet and the organised crime which has taking place in thane, its a good opporunity and the learning experience for me and I enjoy working in my profession.
Do you still meet your batch mates? How do you celebrate?
We meet our batch mates frequently and even we speaks on phone and as of now its is very easy to communicate with our friend through social media such as watsapp, facebook etc.
Kindly elaborate on the most challenging case in your career so far?
There were few cases which were challenging and that time I was SP in Sindhudurgh, as it was a modern day there was a case which we try to detect but we couldn’t. During Lok Sabha election as Sindhudurg is a very highper sensitive conspiracy so conducting peaceful election in LokSabha was challenging part for us. Besides this recently we have crack the petrol pump scam case it was not very challenging case in a particular place where there is more …… and investigation was very difficult, such kinds of cases I have not face till now.
Over the last month, the thane crime branch has conducted raids at 58 petrol pumps across Maharashtra and arrested around 18 people, including nine technicians who were manipulating the system to cheat customers? Kindly tell us how you conduct the raids?
Thane crime branch had conducted raided more then 168 petrol pump and around 24 accused and 14 technician had been apprehended.
In UP state same case had been investigated where UP police had conducted raid and raided the petrol pump tampering case. We have also investigated the case in the same way and two main accused who were the residence of Thane and Pune in the case were apprehended with the help of Thane Crime Branch. We got the link from our sources to developed the case and we came to know the technology which was used in the case of UP is the same technology were used in Maharashtra. Maharashtra had more advance and sophisticated technology so we study, How will we find it out that the tampering is there or not? How the petrol pump is dispensaring less petrol and diesel from the dispensary unit?, So our officers and my self visited some squad we try to find out that how this things are taking places. From some of the fitters we got the information. Initially on 16 June we have Raided the first petrol pump where we found tampering as well as how does it work and how people are cheated after that we had made arrest of the fitters who were involved in this case as well as the person who has manufacture the micro controllers and who has tampered the software subsequently all this about20 to 24 accused has been apprehended on the basis of the information from this fitters. We have conducted a raid across Maharashtra, raided petrol pump in 18 districts more than 160 petrol pump raided and out of which we have got source of tampering in more than 95 petrol pump.
You also arrested three men who stole 41 cars in 90 days? Please comment?
Initially it was 41 when we investigated the total number of cars were 65 or 69 so this people form the company or they were acting as agents that will keep your car in 5 star hotel where in you will get 1 lakh rupees per month as a rent of that car so it was a very lucrative offer for the common people and Grand Hyatt was the hotel where in they manufacture the Google stamp, they prepared the false agreement they were personating themselves as a transport manager of Grand Hyatt. The people whose cars was taken by them they had given them 15 thousands rupees as well as their own car to receive the 1 lakh rupees rent against their car which was subsequently and rent was never given to them all this victims somehow were not able to contact them at the time of taking rent, somehow this racket move down in Diva and Mumbra area and their they have hidden all this vehicle which was finally recovered and with the permission of the court we have recovered around 69 cars and return back to their owners.
What is the update on Call Centre Scam, which Thane police has busted in Mira Road?
In call center case we have completed our investigation in all the three cases the main master mind, main accused who brain child was used running this Call Centre Scam was Sagar Thakkar and was apprehended subsequently after which Ashish Chore was also apprehended so now as far as investigation had gone we have registered the entire chain that how they used to work, how they were calling the victim, till the stage how the ITunes was converted into hard cash or the money the entire chain we are able to established, there were sufficient evidences in that so we have submitted or charge sheet also there are few accused who are absconding in this case, there are two or more accused who are yet to be arrested,.
In a big region like Thane, Crime is increasing day by day & there is lack of police manpower, how will you handle it?
If we compare the Mumbai Police Commisioner off course there is a shortfalling manpower in Thane Commisoner because the problem are more or less the same as there are in Mumbai Commissioner. Now a days technology has increased so technology give us the solution where in we can increase the efficiency of manpower we can reuse the wastage or the noise which can say in the organization unnecessary communication is there sometime communication is through emails or watsapp so all this things we say are our manpower which we are doing.
According to you what are the problems that the Thane Crime Branch police is facing?
As of now I don’t thing so there is any problem in Thane Crime Branch as we have our CP sir and he is very motivating and guiding factor for us and in this stage I don’t thing so we have any problem in Thane Crime Branch.
Public always be far from Police as the image of the police is not good in public so how are you planning as a DCP Crime, to increase people’s participation in police activities?
As a DCP Crime my mandatory is to bust the organized crime to analysis crime pattern. To an extent I don’t have interaction with the people which the zonal DCP have. In India people have little bit of fear of police because the presepction other then this thing but many a time when they interact with the people then they finally get to knw that in what conditions police are working. It is a fear of unknown so we are trying our best to interact with the people so that the unknown nature of police fades away, ultimately the fear will also goes aways for that we are trying our level best.
How you make your collegues and sub ordinate feel stress free during the working hours?
Each one has their own capabilities and stress tolerant and capabilities and each organize, I think each one have their own wheels and means to get refresh onself, from our point of view we try to give them breaks whenever there is work we try to analysi the work pattern given them sufficient test whenever they ask us for any leave we do provide them leave for their personal works and always things are been taking care off and we work as a team work rather then senior or juniors. As of now we have a healthy environment in our work place.
In your opinion, how crime rates in city can be reduce?
In last 2 years Thane has decreased rate in crime in most of the major hills thane is one of the unit who has started registering the case of chain satchers under the serious organized crime and MCUCA case which I have control chain satching case specially in thane as well as all over the Maharashtra. Beside this Thane CP guidance and inspection of CP all were there so those police station has identified top 20 criminals and we ensure that all top 20 criminals are not active in criminal activities so all this necessary step are taken to ensure that proper steps are taken against them, so all this things are taking place so we have seen a declined change in the criminal activities such as robbery, chain satching, house breaking, all this street crime so there has been a major declined as compare to 2006 as compare to 2016 -2017 as compare to 2015-2016 the offence has been declined around 200. Similarly this year for the first 6 month about 200 less offence has also declined as compare to 2016 their has been a large decreased in crime we have not only working for crime but 35% of our team is working at night just to make our citizen feel free
What initiative is thane crime branch taking to guide people in situations like terrorist activities or any unwanted circumstance?
Yes, we are well equipped we do mock drill, we do our training always things are done, we take all necessary precautions. Ultimatly what kind of terror attack take place, whatever we can visualized on the basis of that we are quite prepared but if somethings comes will take time.
Have you ever experienced any political pressure in your work?
This days political pressures has been taken in a very bad way which I do influence so, we are in a democractic system were in people elect their representative if people have some issues like at time people don’t interact with police on behalf of people many a times politicians interact with us, senior officers about the requirement of the people for issues which needs to be address and which needs to be attended from the point of police all this issue are brought before us so I never felt any political pressures and till now in my career I have always been straight I have done my work in a very transparent way so till now no politicians has come to me with any odd request something as such, they were always helpful and always be corporative and we have work together in corporation and where ever and whenever in whichever capacity we have worked in the particular basis.
What are your future aspiration?
Since I am in police I have few of interest area in policing in which I have to increase my skill and knowledge so that is my endeavor for my future base. I have interest in communication so I want to analysis the communication partners in police I also think that at times we are not a good communicatiors within our organization, so how I can improve it, besides this terrorism is one issue as well as Internet and Technology, these are my interest area where I think I need to increase my skill my knowledge with the help of that I can definitely improve my work.
As you said you want to specialise or analysis in communication and internet, so my question to you is that recently “The blue whale game” has came out and one of the youth has committed
suicide in which our CM Devendra Fadnavis has taken a major action, so what advice you would like to give to our youth and to the cyber crime?
The basic nature of internet is meant it should be free, it is free for use everybody can access easily the basic nature of internet is that. But somebody is using that technology to committ some crime then its become a Cyber Crime until the moment somebody is not using that particular thing to committ some crime then it is a open technology and open source of equipement, tools, we can use like we are accessing internet daily and it is using on the daily basis but we are not committing any crime, so as you said “the blue whale game” which influence the young mind and give them different kinds of challenges and last task is to commit suicide on 50th day but how many people had done that is the one part, secondly how many youth are influencing from that kind of game because not everybody get influence from every game so there maybe any odd incident taken place because of this particular game and if any such game is throughing such kind of challenges to children so definately it should be ban and our government has taken necessary step to ban.
What advice you would like to give to our teenagers and youth?
Once upon a time where there was difficult to get any information, but now a days there is lots of information overload, managing that information taking that into right direction going into the right direction is very important specially for teenagers they should focus on what they really want to do in their life. Some student has their own aim to make their career in this filed or the other but some of them realise it after HSC or graduation that I can develop my career in this particular field or Profession so now a days every information is on google and it is easy to get so now one can develop their skill easily. I think “Nothing succeed like success and hardwork is the key” to become successful.
Do you think due to internet now a days our parents has stop interacting with our children?
Yes, to an extent it has decrease the inter-personal interaction, the interaction which used to take within family but now days everybody is busy on phone, happening everywhere and everybody is not addicted to the phone. Everyone should use the internet in the positive way.
Who is your role model in police service?
Till now I have worked with very good senior officers I have interact with lots of police officers there is not a particular person who can be my role model I have learned many thing from many different officers which are good to take an incorporate in our own personality so I have very nice and a good set of immediate bosses or the senior to whom I have learned many things. Each and everyone of them is a role model in small part or some part of there work.
How much you rate our Thane Police Commissioner “Param Bir Singh” Sir?
I am not in a position to rate a very senior officer our Param Bir sir he is a guiding force, very knowledgeable, expert in solving crime cases he is one amoung the few in the entire Indian police faculty I cannot rate him as such he is a excellent officer and a very good officer and even very knowledgeable from whom we can learn lots of things.
How you spend your leisure time?
I watch movies or else I read sometimes.
Which sports do you like?
I used to play football a lot but now a days I am doing gymastic more.
In what manner do you want to inspire your follwers and well-wishers?
I don’t think so there will be my followers even I don’t want it but off course I would like to tell my friends and well wishers of me that “you should have a very happy life and a balanced life” for which you should put all your efforts.
What message you would like to give to young generation who want to join police force?
Off course IAS, IPS profession is more passionate, in this service you get exposure wherein in any other profession you rarley get exposure. For example one day you are having a cup of tea with a communist of the man in India most of the rural towns of the villages the same thing you are having a cup of tea with a President or Prime Minister of India so such kind of exposuer and scope of job will not get in any other profession in such a young age comparatively so I feel definatley a excellent job to work one has to do lots of hard work passing the exam off ciurse it’s a great challenage.Ultimatly policing is a more of passionate job so you should have passion for that.
What you would like to spread through India Unbound to the citizens?
Message from DCP crime is that be a responsible citizen.