The state police have taken a lead over other departments in carrying out rescue and relief work in the flood-affected districts this year. In contrast, the irrigation, disaster management and revenue department, which used to do the job in the past, have hardly been seen in action this time.
Instead, the police personnel have been at the forefront in reaching people trapped in villages, supplying edible items to the victims and shifting them to a safe place. Police officials have replaced the irrigation officers and relief commissioner in briefing the media about the situation in the affected districts.
Earlier, irrigation department officers used to inform reporters about the water level, discharge from barrages and the impact on dams and embankments. This year, the inspector general (crime) and inspector general (law and order) are giving details of the situation at ground zero. The inactivity of the irrigation department and revenue department has puzzled people.
Talking to journalists on Thursday, inspector general of police (Crime) Ashish Gupta said we are collecting details about the situation in the flood-affected districts from the superintendent of police.
Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) jawans are rescuing villagers in Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Shamli, Lakhimpur Kheri, Pilibhit and Amroha districts. The police have set up posts in flood affected districts to assist the villagers.
In Bijnor, PAC jawans shifted 400 villagers from Shimlakala before the village was inundated by the Ganga. The district magistrate announced a reward of Rs 25,000 for the Provincial Armed Constabulary jawans who risked their life to save the villagers.
Thousands of people trapped in Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Lakhimpur Kheri were also shifted to safe spots elsewhere. Besides, police personnel assisted the district administration in repairing embankments at Gangoh in Saharanpur.