Concerned over the unabated rise in crime across Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday asked senior police officers to bring the law and order situation under control or face action.
"Laxity of any kind in handling crime would not be tolerated at any cost. If there is no improvement in the crime control, it clearly reflects negligence and laxity on the part of police," she told the police officials at a day-long meeting held at her official residence here.
Fixing responsibility, she said: "Henceforth district police chiefs and deputy inspector generals (DIGs) would be directly held responsible for any spurt in crime under their respective jurisdictions."
An official spokesman told mediapersons late evening, "The chief minister took strong exception against the tendency of senior officers to pass the buck to their subordinates."
She also took serious note of the "increasing clout of anti-social element and outlaws in all walks of life" and called for stern action against them.
Criticising custodial deaths that have been on the rise in the state, Mayawati attributed these to "negligent and apathetic" attitude of senior police officials. "If such incidents are now repeated, deterrent punishment would be awarded to the guilty officials," she said.
Mayawati was also very firm about curbing the corruption in the police rank and file.
"Last month I had ordered closure of all trade tax check-posts, but I am now told that these have been replaced by self-styled police check posts where cops were indulging in extortion," she said.
"I do not want to receive these complaints any more otherwise you will have to face serious consequences."