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Police role during ZP polls questionable: Guv

GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar today expressed concern over the role of the police during the recent Zila Panchayat chairmen?s elections in the state. He said the police role was highly questionable. The governor also directed the police to constitute a special task force to smash supply of illegal arms in the State. Addressing a gathering at the annual police parade here on Thursday, the governor said he was flooded with complaints against the police during the Zila Panchayat elections .

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 01:05 IST

GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar today expressed concern over the role of the police during the recent Zila Panchayat chairmen’s elections in the state.

He said the police role was highly questionable. The governor also directed the police to constitute a special task force to smash supply of illegal arms in the State.

Addressing a gathering at the annual police parade here on Thursday, the governor said he was flooded with complaints against the police during the Zila Panchayat elections and the matter had been referred to the State Election Commission for necessary action.

Pointing out rampant “gun culture”, the governor also castigated the police for their illegal activities in connection with “land and house grabbing”. To recall, the police department had also issued instruction to its lower ranking officers to keep themselves off from such illegal activities. The governor said the movement of people with arms was not confined to UP alone as it was a ‘north India phenomenon’. Rajeswar asked DGP Yashpal Singh to chalk out an action plan to check the “gun culture” in the state. The governor said the special task force should be entrusted with the task of raiding places where illegal weapons were being manufactured in the state. He said all such accused should be booked under the NSA and the Goonda Act.

While the governor’s comments questioning its activities in Zila Panchayat caused flutter in the police department today, last year his suggestion to the state government for the implementation of police commissioner system had led to a debate. Finally the government had rejected the suggestion.

Speaking at the parade, in which Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was also present, he, however, had a word of praise for the government in making efforts to control the Naxalite menace in Mirzapur, Sonebhadra and Chandauli. The governor hoped that developmental activities undertaken in affected areas would help in controlling migration of tribal youth to the Naxal camps.

He said adequate funds had been allocated to the tribal region for people’s welfare. The governor said the police had done a laudable work by eliminating dreaded Chambal outlaw Nirbhay Gujjar and Kalua Yadav in Shahjahanpur area.

He said swift action by the state police and CRPF in killing the terrorists in Ayodhya in July last year was also a feather in the cap of the security forces.

The governor said the terrorists had almost succeeded in their nefarious plan to attack Ram janmbhoomi temple to disrupt communal harmony but the quick police action thwarted their plan. Earlier, the governor inspected the combined police and PAC parade and presented medals to the police personnel.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 01:05 IST