DGP GS Rath welcomes K Vijay Kumar in Ranchi on Wednesday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Ranchi, Jan. 30: Governor’s adviser K. Vijay Kumar today asked the state police to provide better policing and present a people-friendly image.
The former CRPF director and fellow governor’s adviser Madhukar Gupta met the state police brass and CRPF officials deputed in Jharkhand to fight against Naxalites here today.
“This was our first meeting with the police brass. We have directed the police to be more sensitive and give quick response to people’s problems. Many police officers are doing good work which need to be emulated in all the districts,” Kumar told The Telegraph
Stressing on improved policing, Kumar asked the officers to make sure people did not shy away from visiting police stations and registering complaints.
During his tenure as the CRPF DG, Kumar had visited Jharkhand regularly to inspect anti-Naxalite operations in Saranda, Palamau and other rebel strongholds.
The three-hour meeting at Project Building, starting at 11am, is close on the heels of a home ministry report that gave Jharkhand the dubious distinction of being the state with the highest number of Naxalite killings in 2012.
According to the figures released by the ministry, of the 488 fatalities across India in 2012, 169 or 34.63 per cent were recorded in Jharkhand. The start of 2013, too, was grim as 11 security personnel were killed in a Maoist strike in Latehar on January 7-8.
The superintendents of police (SP) refused comment on the “high-profile meeting” in Ranchi today.
State police spokesperson S.N. Pradhan said Kumar asked the SPs to improve day-to-day policing, prepare a list of pending cases and ensure that investigations, case diaries and chargesheets were disposed of early.
Pradhan, also the IG (operations and intelligence), added better policing was a must to prevent villagers from being lured by Maoists or any other rebel faction.
At present, around 17 battalions of CRPF and two units of its special striking force, Cobra, are engaged in anti-Naxalite operations with the state police.