Taking an exception to the spiraling crime graph and communal clashes in a few districts in the recent past, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, on Thursday, directed SPs of all districts to monitor the policing at the ground level and performance of police stations in tackling crime incidents, so that remedial measures could be taken..
He also issued special directives to the police force to step up security for the coming festive season so that any untoward incident, including any communal clashe, could be avoided.
At a review meeting on law and order in the state, ahead of the festival season, the chief minister insisted that supervision reports of crime cases should be filed in a timely manner and action should be taken against the accused without any bias. He also urged the police to focus on pendency of cases and the conviction rate.
“The SPs have been asked to monitor the performance of police stations on a regular basis so that cases related to murder and other heinous crimes could be investigated on a priority basis. The focus was on timely submission of supervision reports of crime cases,” said a senior SP rank officer, seeking anonymity.
Chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, home secretary Amir Subhani, DGP P K Thakur, ADG and IG rank officers were also present at the meeting.
It was also a matter of discussion at the meeting how there had been a 78% rise in cases of murder and other forms of physical violence between January and August this year, whereas the corresponding period last year had shown a decline in property related crime.
It was also pointed out at the meeting that the crime rate had increased in Banka and Saharsa, just as the state capital had witnessed an increase in incidence of dacoity, murder, loot and snatching, in the past few months.
Officials said the CM expressed his displeasure over the rising crime cases and directed top police officials to carry out regular transfer of lower and middle rung police officials, based on their performance.
With dussehera and muharram coinciding in last week of September, the chief minister urged the SPs and senior police officers to make a comprehensive plan so that there was no incident of violence or clash. Home secretary Subhani told newsmen that no procession during dussehra and muharram would be allowed without permission.
“The state has got three companies of central para military forces (CPMF) of which one company of RAF would be deployed in Patna and one company each of SSB would be deployed in Siwan and Darbhanga,” said ADG (headquarters) Sanjeev Kumar Singhal.
In addition to this, 2,450 home guard jawans and 8,714 lathi wielding constables had been deployed in various districts to enforce security during dussehra and muharram.
Sources said seven districts – namely, Patna, Bhojpur, Munger, Darbhanga, Nalanda , Bhagalpur and Siwan, had been given additional forces in view of the festival season.
On prohibition, the chief minister said the police should increase its intelligence network to tackle the growing network of bootleggers and suppliers bringing illegal liquor from neighbouring states. He said any major seizure of illegal liquor would be probed by economic offense unit ( EOU) so that gangs engaged in liquor smuggling could be traced.
Sources said the CM expressed his concern as how illegal liquor was flowing into Bihar in such large quantity and who all were patronizing the trade. The CM was apprised that 48 persons involved in liquor smuggling from outside Bihar had been identified while conviction had been completed in 14 cases related to prohibition.