STATE POLICE chief Bua Singh and Principal Secretary (Home) SK Agarwal, on a surprise inspection tour of the city, agreed that “complete lawlessness had beset Kanpur and lot of improvement was required”.
Agarwal said, “The crime scenario would be reviewed in the entire Zone and wait for a fortnight to see positive results.” Both the officials criticiced laxity on the part of senior police officials and circle officers in maintaining law and order. They said, henceforth, the DIG would maintain direct contact with all the police station heads and keep a close eye on the day-to-day happenings. “There is no point in accepting that basic policing has taken a beating in the recent past and the officials haven’t played the role as expected. The time now is to overhaul the system and check the cop-mafia nexus,” he said. All SPs have been asked to identify corrupt cops.
The Bareilly and Varanasi SSPs, Varanasi DIG and Meerut Zone IG have been removed for failure to maintain law and order. Several officials were issued warning in today’s meeting also, Agarwal said, hinting at a likely police reshuffle in Kanpur soon.
The DGP, however, parried all queries about the Governor’s observation on the police role in the civic bodies’ elections. The police functioned with complete transparency in the elections. “The results in their own way confirm our sincerity,” he said while strongly refuting the charges that the police were working under political pressure.
He said an inquiry had been ordered into the arrest of Arun Valmiki in connection with the desecration of the Ambedkar statue. On the Congess-SP clash, the DGP admitted lapses on the part of the police and asked DIG Daljeet Chowdhary for an impartial investigation into the episode.