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Is the SSP on his way out?

WHILE TINA (there is no alternative) factor has delayed the removal of Lucknow Senior Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Pandey, additional director general (Law and Order) Padman Singh on Saturday expressed his resentment over poor performance of Lucknow police in controlling cases of crime.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 01:27 IST

WHILE TINA (there is no alternative) factor has delayed the removal of Lucknow Senior Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Pandey, additional director general (Law and Order) Padman Singh on Saturday expressed his resentment over poor performance of Lucknow police in controlling cases of crime.

Highly placed sources said hectic moves were afoot to find a suitable officer to head the State capital police, who were in bad shape. “There is a paucity of good police officers,” said a senior officer at the DGP headquarters. “But he is sure to go,” he added.

Concerned over the deteriorating situation, the additional director general on Saturday summoned deputy inspector general, Lucknow, Subhash Chandra, SSP Pandey and all additional SPs and circle officers to review the situation.

Dissatisfied, Padman Singh told them to pull up their socks.

Apart from an “attitudinal change”, the ADG asked them to gear up “speedily” to contain the drift in the city. “It will be possible only with firm commitment and dedication,” the ADG told the city police who were yet to prove themselves in accordance with parameters fixed by director general of police Bua Singh for crime control.

In view of utter slackness on the part of the city police, the DGP himself had to move out for inspection of various points in the city recently. Padman Singh told policemen speedy improvement in Lucknow was needed to send the right message to other districts. He said a change in attitude in policing was required to get positive results.

The crime situation in the city has been a cause for concern for the State Government, which has directed the DGP to take stern measures to control it.

At a law and order review meeting, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had commented that “Police sadak par nahin dikhti (police are not seen on the road).
However, after the DGP’s surprise visits to several city squares, men in khaki could be seen around. Padman Singh said the SSP would have to ensure compliance with the DGP’s orders.