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Minister admits police lapse

WHILE THERE was still no trace of the businessmen abducted by the Gadaria gang on March 28 and the anger was mounting among people, Minister of State for Home Nagendra Singh today toured Shivpuri and the spot from where the dacoits abducted the businessmen. Principle Secretary (Home) and senior police officers of the region accompanied the minister.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 14:46 IST

WHILE THERE was still no trace of the businessmen abducted by the Gadaria gang on March 28 and the anger was mounting among people, Minister of State for Home Nagendra Singh today toured Shivpuri and the spot from where the dacoits abducted the businessmen. Principle Secretary (Home) and senior police officers of the region accompanied the minister.

The minister also convened a meeting of officers at the Sesai Dak Bungalow and also met the family members of abducted persons in Shivpuri.

Later, talking to the Hindustan Times, he admitted police lapse and slackness in tackling the situation. “This kidnapping could have been avoided had the police acted more sensibly and promptly”, he said.  He said that the focus was now on getting rid of Gadaria as soon as possible and release of the abducted persons rather than discussing things of the past, Singh added.

However, he added that this did not mean that negligent police officers would not be punished. The police department has been directed to produce concrete result within 15 days, failing which, the negligent officers might even face severe punishment rather than just transfer, he cautioned.

Singh said that the government had taken a serious note of the incident. “We stand solidly behind the family members of those abducted and assure them of prompt relief”, said the minister.

He said explanation would be called from the policemen found guilty of lapses after full analysis of the situation. Much to the surprise of all, half burnt currency notes of 500 and 100 denominations were found inside the bus’s debris, when the minister visited the spot at Sesai Ghat.

The minister also travelled some distance inside jungles where the Gadaria gang had performed puja with hostages of bus passenger.