WHILE THE involvement of cops in loot cases has painted the UP police in black hues, the UP DGP Bua Singh today claimed that there had been vast improvement in crime and law and order situation in the State.
Bua Singh told mediapersons here on Saturday that these were ‘minuscule’ incidents and could not generalised. Singh said that such cases had occurred in the past, but never reported. The DGP said such cases did not indicate insubordination in the police force. The DGP said prevailing evils in the society was bound to travel into the police department.
While five police personnel were recently involved in gold loot, three cops robbed a businessman here on Friday. Another constable looted a person in Aligarh.
The GRP constables had also looted three kg gold at Charbagh Railway station last year. “From criminals to cops the crime trend is changing in UP,” commented an ADG sarcastically.
Notwithstanding poor public perception about law and order, which has further shaken their confidence because of police involvement in loots, the DGP asserted, “The trust of the people in the police has increased”.
Highlighting the crime data of last ten years, the DGP said as compared to 1996, the crime situation has improved in the State in 2006 and particularly in Lucknow, which has of late become crime capital also.
The cops who looted the gold worth Rs 36 lakh were all posted here in chief minister’s security. In support of his claim about fall in crime graph, the DGP said some retired bureaucrats rang up to certify the improvement in the situation.
Stressing on ‘rule of law’, the DGP said there was improvement in Lucknow also.
The DGP said good law and order was vital ingredient for the developmental activities and the state police had provided suitable climate for this.
While there is rampant corruption in the top rank of the police, the DGP said action had been taken against two additional SPs and 116 constables under anti-corruption law. He said 296 people were booked under NSA and 3500 criminals were detained under Gangster Act during the last nine months. The DGP said except two clashes in Mau and Aligarh, the state was by and large communally peaceful.