CM meets DGP, minister flays police, RMC

Chief minister Raghubar Das held a meeting with the DGP D.K. Pandey on Monday to discuss deteriorating law and order, particularly in Ranchi where man was shot dead near the CM's official residence on Kanke Road last week, even as minister C.P. Singh blasted the police for their ineptitude.

By Our Special Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 11.09.18
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Ranchi: Chief minister Raghubar Das held a meeting with the DGP D.K. Pandey on Monday to discuss deteriorating law and order, particularly in Ranchi where man was shot dead near the CM's official residence on Kanke Road last week, even as minister C.P. Singh blasted the police for their ineptitude.

IG (operations) and spokesman Ashish Batra, who accompanied Pandey during the meeting with the chief minister, said Das wanted to know details of the shooting in which a weapon, possibly with a silencer, was used.

Batra denied speculation that the DGP was summoned by the chief minister, who returned from a five-day trip of China on Sunday night. "It was a courtesy visit by the DGP to apprise him of the latest on policing. The chief minister was told about today's (Monday's) bandh and also updated on key events that took place during is absence," the IG said.

On the shooting near the chief minister's residence, Batra said the DGP briefed Das on the investigations and told him that the culprits, who had been identified, would be caught soon.

Urban development minister C.P. Singh, who was part of the chief minister's entourage to China, criticised the police bitterly while speaking at a meeting of the district development, coordination and monitoring committee presided over by Ranchi MP Ram Tahal Choudhary.

But Singh, who represents Ranchi in the Vidhan Sabha, taunted Ranchi SSP for suspending Gonda OC and traffic in-charge in the wake of the September 7 Kanke Road shooting.

Mere suspensions weren't enough, he said.

"The role of police isn't confined to checking helmets and verifying vehicle documents, and then letting off violators after 'extorting' money from them. The police should also keep an eye on the bylanes through which criminals escape after committing crimes," he said.

Singh was unrelenting in his criticism, even suggesting, sarcastically, that the police assistance centre should be renamed as police "extortion" centre.

The minister also made known his displeasure at the lack of cleanliness in some areas of Ranchi, particularly Upper Bazar and Raj Bhavan whose boundary walls, he claimed, were used by people for open defecation. He also alleged that the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) helpline did not function.

Other members of the committee, including MLAs Gangotri Kujur (Mandar), Seema Mahto (Silli) and Navin Jaiswal (Hatia), and Rajya Sabha MP Mahesh Poddar, also criticised the lackadaisical attitude of the district administration, RMC and various government departments.

"I haven't staged a revolt against my party-led government in the state," Singh told The Telegraph later. "But, as a minister I cannot justify the wrong doings of the official machinery, including the ones related to my department," he added.