Madhya Pradesh’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is in constant touch with the UP police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Bijnor bomb explosion case probe, state director general of police Surendra Sinh said on Sunday.
It is suspected that the five SIMI operatives who had fled from Khandwa jail in October, 2013 were involved in the explosion that occurred during bomb-making in a house in UP’s Bijnor district in September this year.
"MP’s Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), UP’s Special Task Force (STF) and NIA are in close contact (in the case). All the agencies are working in tandem," the DGP told reporters during his second visit to Indore since taking charge on October 1.
He, however, refused to go into details on the SIMI fugitives’ links with Bijnor and Burdwan blasts.
Among other issues, Sinh said his priority would be to make the police force more people-friendly. “Police should be easily accessible so that people can approach them with grievances,” he said.
The officer said one of the motives of introducing the beat system was to make police come in contact with people so that both can help each other to reduce crime. "I will do whatever I can for betterment of department," he added.
Asked about spurt in communal incidents in the state, Sinh said they were minor with few exceptions and were successfully dealt with. He said police will continue to handle such incidents successfully in future while taking all sections of society into confidence.
He declined to comment on questions related to the MP Professional Examination Board scam and enforcing police commissioner system.
On the crime graph, he said, "The number of crimes may have increased in the state, but if you go through the data you will find that the heinous crimes have reduced."
The conviction rate, he said, had increased due to police alertness and investigation. In Indore, it has gone up to 65%.
On Karonda case wherein a 29-year-old woman was allegedly pushed out of a moving train by two men after robbing her, Sinh said the accused will be in police net soon.
Lauding the e-challan system implemented in Indore, the DGP said the model may be implemented across the state after addressing practical difficulties. He praised Indore police’s move to celebrate Diwali with people living below poverty line which he said will bring people closer to police.