Uttar Pradesh: Security cells to address traders’ grievances on priority
For regular monitoring of the incidents of crime against traders and to dispose of their grievances on priority, the Uttar Pradesh police have decided to set up the trader security cells across the state.Updated: Aug 01, 2017 15:57 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Concerned about the increasing crime against traders, the state police have set up ‘trader security cells’ in all 75 districts of the UP. The officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) has been made nodal officer of the cell.
Seventy six crime cases have been reported against traders in various districts since March 20. The police have filed charge sheet in 23 cases while final report has been registered in one case and 52 cases are under investigation.
Inspector general (law and order), Hari Ram Sharma, said for regular monitoring of the incidents of crime against traders and to dispose of their grievances on priority, the state police have decided to set up the trader security cells across the state. The cell will be set up in the office of the superintendents of police. “The traders can visit the cell and lodge their complaint with the nodal officer,” he said.
With this, the traders have now a platform to raise their security issues and supervision of the crime cases against traders will be prompt. The police stations will send report to the trader security cell after registering the case. The DSP will monitor the case and collect feedback from the investigation officer. The traders will be informed about the progress of the case. The cell will also discuss the security issues with the traders and take required measures to check crime, he said.
After the BJP formed government in the state, there was a spurt in crime against the traders. The criminals targeted jewellers and looted the traders returning home after closing their establishments. In Mathura, Meerut, Agra, Gorakhpur, Sitapur and Bahraich, traders were killed when they challenged the criminals.
The trader organisations held protests over the increasing crime and demanded strict action against the criminals. A delegation of the traders met chief minister Yogi Adityanath to draw his attention toward their plight. Yogi assured security to the traders and directed the police officers to crack down on the criminal gangs.
The police registered FIRs against 176 criminals and arrested 141. Sixteen criminals have surrendered in the court and a drive has been launched to nab 18 criminals who are on the run.
First Published: Aug 01, 2017 15:57 IST