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UP Governor expresses displeasure at police functioning

He publically expressed his displeasure over the inefficientfunctioning of the UP police, reports Masoodul Hassan.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 20:14 IST

The Governor TV Rajeswarpublically expressed his displeasure over the inefficient and prejudiced functioning of the UP police.

While pulling up the police for sharply rising crimes, the governor said the police officers were not impartial in just concluded local bodies elections. He also warned them to be fair in the forthcoming assembly elections.

Addressing annual police parade here on Thursday the governor said he had received at least 1000 complaints during the civic poll, which were forwarded to the state election commission. On some issues, the governor said, he had sought reports from the commission.

He said "some police officers" had not done their election related work impartially. He said their job was enforcement of law but they failed, which was a serious matter. He asked them to properly remember their responsibility in assembly elections.

The governor also expressing shock over the distribution of large number of licenced weapons, revealed that even 360 licences of carbine had been given to the people, which was a dangerous trend.

The governor said there were 14 MPs and 81 MLAs against whom two or more criminal cases were pending in the court. The governor asked the police officers whether it was proper to give them carbine licences.

Recalling that he had earlier also talked about “gun culture” in UP, the governor said 8.40 lakh weapon licences had been issue in the state. He said it was alarming to hand over large number of weapons to private persons.

The governor directed the police to take stringent measures to control distribution of licences. He was shocked over the police security to 2500 people, including ten students in the state. He wanted to know why the students had been provided police gunners.

Rajeswar said there were 270 people who had been given two gunners each. He said the DGP would have to think over this grave situation. Rajeswar also appreciated the Supreme Court directives about the appointment of the DGP and other police officers with fixed tenures.

He hoped that its implementation would improve the situation in the department. He said Soli Sorabjee committee report for introduction of the police commissioner system should be implemented in the larger interest of the state.

The governor said western UP, especially Etah, Bulandshahr and Badayun had emerged as “kidnapping region”. The governor quoting a report said Rs 200 crore kidnapping industry was flourishing in the state.

Referring to the kidnapping of three-year-old Anant Gupta of Noida, Rajeswar said instead of being produced before magistrate, the kidnappers appeared before the media to given statement, which was virtually indicated the police failure. He said the DGP should look into such trend.

The governor especially targeted Kanpur zone, which also included Etawah, Mainpuri and Etah, for rising crimes of murder, rape and dacoities. He directed the police for improvement in the situation in this zone.

Rajeswar also pointed out about rising atrocities on Dalits. He said national commission of scheduled castes had reported about Mafiosi grabbing dalits land in rural areas. Earlier at a colourful function the governor reviewed the parade. The chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was present on the occasion.

First Published: Nov 23, 2006 20:12 IST