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Nitish to tighten security measures in Bihar

Nitish Kumar laid stress on chalking out long, medium and short term plans to strengthen the police force.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 17:36 IST

Expressing 'pain' at the recent incidents of kidnapping and criminal activities despite his 'best efforts' to improve the law and order situation in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday laid stress on chalking out long, medium and short term plans to strengthen the police force to take on the challenge of criminals.

"It's not only the families of Prashant Jain or Nirmalendu, kidnapped today while going to school, who are in distress, I personally feel pain at kidnappings," Kumar told reporters at the state JD(U) headquarters.

Stressing the need for making the police force more effective, the Chief Minister emphasised formulating long, medium and short term plans to better equip police.

Kumar said the long-term plan should include modernisation of the force and filling the vacancies at all levels. Medium-term planning would be to equip the force with sophisticated weapons, while short-term plan would entail fortification of the police stations, pickets and fixing accountability on officials responsible for checking crimes.

Kumar said he has called a meeting of superintendents of police of all the districts, zonal IGs, DIGs and those from state police headquarters on Wednesday primarily to discuss measures for crime control, performance of the force and the problems faced by the police in effective functioning.

Putting a brave front nothwithstanding the Opposition attack on the government on allegedly deteriorating law and order and its impact on the NDA government's efforts to attract investments, Kumar said 'an environment of development has already been created. Nothing can stop us from taking Bihar on the path of the development'.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 17:36 IST