Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / June 23, 2019
Even as the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is underway in England, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has drawn a cricketing analogy by exhorting state policemen to be on ‘front foot’ against criminals.
Reviewing the law and order situation yesterday in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CM asked police and district officials to establish direct interaction with people for resolving grievances and curbing crime.
He asked the police department to prepare a list of 10 top criminals under the jurisdiction of each police station and sternly deal with hardened criminal elements.
Meanwhile, Yogi issued directives to take action against such police station officers (SO), who were apathetic towards public and that they should not be handed over the charge of police stations.
Meanwhile, he asked cops to curb the menace of hooded bikers zooming on the city streets and causing inconvenience to people or indulging in antisocial behaviour. Those indulging in the encroachment of government land should be identified and booked, he ordered.
Yogi stressed the state government had deployed 45,000 additional constables to beef up the security apparatus in UP. Each police station had been provided with 30 additional constables, so that the erstwhile shortage of cops was resolved permanently.
Further, he asked the department to prepare a list of corrupt police officials, so that their ill gotten wealth was confiscated and they were sacked. The respective senior superintendents of police (SSP) have been directed to hold weekly review meeting in this regard.
The CM underlined the urgent need to improve the old sullied image of police among public at large and for transforming their work culture towards public service orientation.