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Saharsa tops case disposal

Saharsa has recorded a cent per cent disposal of police cases sent from the chief minister’s secretariat, while the rest of the districts under Darbhanga zone failing miserably.

Darbhanga zone inspector-general (IG) Arvind Pandey said a few districts have performed well. “Saharsa recorded cent per cent disposal of the complaints. In all, 186 complaints were received from the district,” he said.

The complaints were first received at the chief minister’s weekly janata durbar.

During a recent review of the complaints received from the districts falling under the jurisdiction of Darbhanga zone, it came to the fore that a large number of complaints sent from the chief minister’s secretariat were pending either in the offices of the SPs concerned or their subordinates.

The complaints were related to police investigations.

The highest number of pending complaints was received from Samastipur district since 2006 — 5,555 of which 5,089 were disposed of and the remaining await disposal.

A few of them were pending since 2006 when the chief minister launched the weekly programme.

Katihar was second on the list for not adhering to the chief minister’s directive. A total of 1,285 complaints were received. However, only 871 complaints were disposed of and the remaining are yet to be looked into. Araria and Kishanganj were in third and fourth position with 389 and 346 complaints pending, respectively.

Similarly, only one case is pending in Purnea. Of 51 complaints, 50 have been disposed of. In Madhubani, 58 complaints were pending. “I have asked the SPs of the remaining eight districts to dispose of the pending complaints within a fortnight,” Pandey added.

The officer said a directive in this regard was issued to all the SPs concerned on February 13. “Action would be initiated against those police officers found to be lax,” he said.

The IG revealed that complaints received at the janata durbar were mainly of three types — those in which the police have failed to initiate action against the accused, those related to implicating people in false cases and land disputes. “I don’t find any reason for delay in taking decisions on the first two. They can be handled by the SPs easily,” he said, adding that since the role of the police in land dispute was limited, the complaints ought to be forwarded to the district administrative officials concerned.

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