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Twelve SPs under scanner

Patna, Dec. 29: Twelve superintendents of police have been asked to pull up their socks after the 10-day appraisal of the district police heads.

The exercise, which concluded on December 26, was part of the strategy to tighten the noose around the senior police officers posted in the field. Of the 40 superintendents of police (SPs) in the state (excluding the five SPs in the Government Railway Police, responsible for the safety of train passengers), the performance of 12 was not up-to-the-mark. A source in the police headquarters said the SPs of Munger, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Rohtas, Sitamarhi, Aurangabad, Jamui, Bhojpur, Begusarai, Lakhisarai, Katihar and Samastipur were told to improve their performance.

As a part of the appraisal process, the SPs were asked to send their reports to the police headquarters on the action taken against criminals to check crime on a daily basis. They had to furnish details about execution of warrants, disposal of pending cases, raids conducted on economic offenders and arms suppliers and action against liquor mafia.The police headquarters had supplied the requisite format to all the district police heads for sending their reports. Additional director-general of police (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar assessed them. After assessing the reports, director-general of police Abhayanand yesterday asked the “laggard” SPs to improve their performance within a month or face the music. The DGP reportedly expressed his displeasure over the spurt in robbery (cash loot), kidnapping and the Maoist activities in some districts in the past couple of months.

The source claimed that the appraisal of the performance of the officers would be the basis of their field posting. “A report would be sent to the government. Besides, the annual performance reports of the IPS officers posted in the field as SPs would be based on it,” the source said.

ADG (headquarters) Kumar told The Telegraph: “Some of the field officers were simply excellent.” The officers whose performance was not satisfactory during the 10-day-long assessment would be given opportunity to improve.

The source said the performance of deputy superintendents of police was also reviewed.