Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday directed the senior police officers to launch a special drive against the Mafiosi and criminal elements. “The criminals, dacoits, Mafiosi and goondas should be lodged in the jail,” she said.
The police officers had been told not to worry over the crime- data but to tighten the noose around the criminals she said and added that the figure of the FIRs went up after her direction to the police officers to register the FIRs of the victims.
On Saturday, Mayawati launched operation clean-up with expelling 500 members having criminal record out of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). On Sunday, she directed the Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fatehbahadur, DGP Karamveer Singh and ADG (Law and Order), Brij Lal to launch drive against the criminals. Action would be also taken against the 500 members who have been expelled from the party.
Talking to the journalists on Sunday, Mayawati blamed the Opposition political parties for planting criminals in BSP. She said, “I took the reign of the government on May 13, 2007 and ordered for crackdown against the Mafiosi and criminals”.
“The criminals active in the rival political parties turned panicky and to escape arrest they joined BSP. After strengthening their root in the party the criminals spread a reign of terror in order to establish jungle raj in the state,” she said.
“If the criminals are put behind bar before the coming assembly election (2012 Vidhan Sabha election) it would be difficult for the rival political parties to grab power," Mayawati said.
Cracking whip over criminal elements active in the party Mayawati said she would not allow jungle raj to flourish in the state. “My government is committed for the establishment of the rule of law and remaining criminal elements in the party would be expelled by May 13,” she said.
Reacting over the allegation of the Opposition that crime figures have increased under her government Mayawati said when Samjwadi Party was in power the FIRs were not registered. The BSP government launched a special drive for the registration of the FIRs. Ten thousand FIRs were registered. Around 31,144 accused came to light and action had been taken against 31,136.
I have told the officers to focus on the action taken on the FIRs Mayawati said and added the officers were directed not to harass innocent person. “If any person dies in police custody strict action would be taken against him”, he said.
Mayawati also made it clear that not only law and order but also disposal of the public grievances was also among the top priority of her government. The officers have been directed to dispose off the grievances of the public from 10 am to 12 noon in their office.
The BSP government will complete three years in power on May 13. Mayawati said her government took several measures to improve law and order. She claimed there had not been spurt in the crime since BSP came to power.