CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday asked police officials not to succumb to political pressure. Addressing a meeting of top police officers, the Chief Minister emphasised on swift and strict action to curb organised crime besides Naxalites and SIMI activities. He also asked them to act in cases of atrocities against SCs, STs with alacrity.
Police officers from DGP to SP ranks attended the meeting at the Mantralaya. The meeting was informed that a 4.21 per cent fall has been recorded in the cases of persecution of women as compared to 2005.The crime rate in the first eight months of 2006 has gone down by 4.5 per cent. A total 51 dacoits have been eliminated this year. The Chief Minister lauded the police for action against dacoits.
The Chief Minister recalled that The India Today survey placed Madhya Pradesh at third spot among states on the law and order front.
He said the Naxalites failed to expand their activities due to police pressure. However, there is no room for complacency. He stressed the need for constant vigilance and effective measures to prevent outfits like the SIMI from conducting their activities.
Underlining the need to strengthen community policing, Chouhan said the police should maintain a dialogue with different sections of the society. Police excesses would not be tolerated in any case, he added.
Minister of State for Home Nagendra Singh lauded the functioning of the police. The arrest of a large number of dacoits under the anti-dacoit drive is a creditable achievement, the Minister added.
DGP Anand Rao Pawar said it is the prime duty of the police officials to provide security to all the citizens. The law and order situation is satisfactory and under control in the State but there is need for further improvement, he said.
He stressed the need for increasing the posts in police force.
There has been inadequate increase in last ten years whereas population has increased by 24 per cent, he pointed out. Drawing the attention to problems of the police personnel —from constable to inspector rank, the DGP informed that housing facility is available to only 40 per cent police personnel.
The Inspectors General of all the ranges apprised the meeting of the law and order situation in their respective ranges. Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni, Principal Secretary, Home, Satya Prakash; Secretaries to the Chief Minister Iqbal Singh Bains and Anurag Jain, and senior police officers also attended the meeting.