Check crime in a month or else?
DIRECTOR GENERAL of police Bua Singh on Monday fixed a one-month deadline for district police chiefs of Lucknow zone to either control crime, or face the consequences. Issuing a stern warning, Singh said an effective drive should be launched to contain the rising crime graph in the zone.india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 00:58 IST
DIRECTOR GENERAL of police Bua Singh on Monday fixed a one-month deadline for district police chiefs of Lucknow zone to either control crime, or face the consequences. Issuing a stern warning, Singh said an effective drive should be launched to contain the rising crime graph in the zone.
He said a separate meeting for Lucknow would be held soon, adding a month-long crime control drive would be launched in the entire State.
Reviewing the crime situation here on Monday, Singh said not only lower level officials, but SPs and SSPs should also be ready to face action for their failure to improve the situation by May 19.
The DGP directed officers to immediately launch a drive to nab wanted and rewarded criminals, land Mafioso, contract killers and those involved in road holdups.
Singh said instead of going through crime data, he would assess their performance by people’s perception of the crime scenario and the tone and tenor of media reports. The DGP also said he would not tolerate wrong arrests.
Putting the onus on SPs and SSPs to control crime, the DGP said the department would provide them with all facilities in this connection. He said results would be assessed after a month.
Singh wanted criminals, identified up to April 15, to be arrested within the stipulated period and land Mafiosi to be booked under the Gangster Act.
The DGP said the SPs were free to take work from lower-ranking officers according to their action plan.
He said there had been a decline in crime data in Lucknow zone, but he was still not satisfied with it. He said the best assessment of crime control was a change in people’s perception.
Not just transfers, but disciplinary action would be taken against district police chiefs if law and order problems persisted, he made it clear. He also said repetition of Aligarh and Meerut-type clashes would not be tolerated and SPs would be directly responsible for this. He said corrupt officers would be weeded out of the department. Officers’ failure to restore confidence among the people would invite harsh action, he added.