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TVR, CM spar over law & order

india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 01:33 IST

Cops biased during poll: TVR

GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar on Thursday publicly expressed his displeasure over “the inefficient and prejudiced functioning” of the UP police.

Accusing police officers of partiality in the just concluded local bodies’ election, he told them to be fair in the assembly election.

Addressing the annual Police Week parade, the governor said he had received at least 1,000 complaints during the civic poll and these were forwarded to the State Election Commission. On some issues, the governor said, he had sought reports from the commission.

The governor expressed shock over the “dangerous trend” of issuance of 360 licences for carbines. There were 14 MPs and 81 MLAs against whom two or more criminal cases were pending in court, he added and asked police officers whether it was proper to issue licences to them.

Recalling his earlier reference to “gun culture” in UP, the governor said 8.40 lakh weapon licences had been issued in the State. He said it was alarming to hand over a large number of weapons to private persons and directed the police to initiate measures to curb distribution of licences.

He also found police protection to 2500 people, especially provision of two police gunners each to  270 people, odd. He wanted to know why even ten students were given the facility and said the DGP would have to give the matter a serious thought.                  

Appreciating the Supreme Court directives about the appointment of the DGP and other police officers with fixed tenures, he hoped their implementation would improve the situation in the department. The Soli Sorabjee committee report for introduction of the police commissioner system should be implemented, he advocated.

Quoting a report, he said a Rs 200-crore kidnapping industry was flourishing in the State, especially in Etah, Bulandshahr and Badayun.

Referring to the kidnapping of three-year-old Anant Gupta of Noida, he said it was odd that the accused were produced before the media, instead of a magistrate. The governor especially targeted the Kanpur zone, which also included Etawah, Mainpuri and Etah, for increasing cases of murder, rape and dacoity. He directed the police to improve the situation in this zone.

Referring to increasing atrocities on dalits, he said the National Commission of Scheduled Castes had reported cases of the Mafiosi grabbing dalits’ land in rural areas.

Earlier, the governor reviewed the parade. Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was present on the occasion.