After pulling up bureaucrats and police officers recently for being “slower than the media” in reacting to law and order incidents in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has now apparently decided to take the reins in his own hands.
A recent circular by UP Director General of Police A L Banerjee to all the district level police chiefs directs them to update the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), among others, on the crimes in the district.
“The recent circular by the DGP says we are to report incidents of murder, loot or rape to the the office of the Chief Minister whose mobile number has been mentioned,” a Senior Superintendent of Police said.
“We used to update the senior officials anyway, be it the DGP control, Home control, ADG (Law and Order), Range DIG or IG zone; in the circular the DGP has reiterated that major incidents be reported to the senior officials,” he said.
“What is new is that we now have to directly update the DGP as well as Principal Secretary (Home), and of course the Secretary to the CMO, through fax as well as over phone,” the SSP said.
At a meeting in Lucknow last month, the CM had asked the DGP when did he learn of the Badaun incident – where two minor girls were raped and hanged on a tree. To this, the DGP had reportedly replied “next day”.
Throughout the meeting, the CM was reported to have repeated that “no compromise on law and order will be tolerated.”
“I have made my intentions clear in the circular; (as for the updates to the CMO), he is the executive head of the government…he can be up-to-date if he wants to be,” the DGP told The Indian Express.
Officials said the updates would help senior officials keep track of the developments and also assist the district level police to decide on requirements according to the nature of crime, such as additional force, if needed.
“The UN taking note of the Badaun incident is very embarrassing, obviously it must have been a factor for the CMO to get involved,” another SSP said.
“Also, with the top officials keeping track, the SSPs and the SPs would be under pressure to address the crimes,” he said. Over the past few weeks, UP government has been under fire over the law and order situation, specifically the rape cases. The BJP has also been crying foul over the numerous attacks on its workers in the state in the past few weeks.