Goonda Act to be invoked, saya Maya
The BSP government in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday cracked its whip on mafia-politicians of the previous Samajwadi Party regime, invoking NSA and Gangster's Act against them and said it would brook no interference.
Addressing a meeting of senior officials in Lucknow, Chief Minister Mayawati also directed them to go slow on petty crime by adopting a "reformative approach" and to concentrate on high-profile criminals and white collar crime.
"While petty criminals crowd jails, the big fish escape," Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told reporters after the meeting.
Mayawati cautioned officials against misusing the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act.
"Sometimes people register cases to take revenge by misusing the SC/ST Act," Singh quoted Mayawati as saying. She directed it must be used in only in cases of murder and rape.
She directed the officials to slap National Security Act, Goonda Act and Gangster's Act on mafia elements which manage to evade law through legal jugglary.
She said "no interference, political or otherwise" would be brooked in dealing with mafia elements and assured honest and competent officers of full government patronage.
The chief minister directed proper representation of all sections of society should be ensured while appointing SHOs at police stations.
Her directives come a day after hinting that more cases involving high-profile people would be handed over to the CBI.