Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said district magistrates and superintendents of police would now be held directly responsible if they fail to check communal violence. The CM said law and order would be top priority of his government and that “performance, not face” would be the criteria to judge policing and governance.
A day after being sworn in as chief minister, Kumar conducted a meeting with all divisional commissioners, inspectors, deputy inspectors general of police, DMs and SPs via video conference. State chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and DGP P K Thakur were part of the first key law and order meeting.
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Though there was no specific reference to the recent communal tension in Lalganj, Vaishali, Kumar told DMs and SPs: “Law and order problems can take place after the elections at the slightest provocation. But law and order has to be top priority. Police should not spare anyone if caught doing something wrong. I want to make it clear to DMs and SPs that they would be directly responsible for any communal violence in the area. The response time in such cases should be as much time as it takes to reach a spot from the police station.”
Talking to reporters later, he said, “I have made it clear that performance, not face, should be the criteria for top officers to assess performance of (junior) officials. Senior officers must not do supervision only on papers, but should visit the spot as well.”
Kumar said he instructed SPs to monitor the performance of police stations and ensure “scientific investigation” is carried out to solve cases.