Chief Minister Vijay Rupani Saturday told the senior police and home department officials to implement prohibition and check gambling strictly across the state.
Rupani also repeatedly emphasized on the police dealing with cases related to the “oppressed sections of society” sensitively, and “reacting promptly to such cases”, said sources. He was referring mainly to cases related to crimes against Dalits and women, though he did not specifically mention the Una flogging incident.
Police officers present in the meeting said that it was an introductory meet with the chief minister. There were officers from above DIG to DGP.
“We should strictly implement prohibition and check gambling across the state, beside taking care of law and order. He spoke about installing CCTV cameras across the police stations,” said a senior police officer who attended the meeting.
The meeting which lasted for nearly two hours saw several presentations by the police on crime scene in the state and efforts of modernization.
Another senior officer said that the CM emphasized on corruption-free administration, “bringing in transparency in policing”, and improving the image of the police among public.
Talking of bringing in technology, Rupani cited the cases of the cracking of the Rajkot stone killer and that of the recent kidnapping of the Patan medical college dean Dr Rajesh Mehta and said that the government was ready to spend any amount to bring in technological innovations in policing, said a source.
The meeting was attended by Deputy CM Nitin Patel, Minister of State (home) Pradipsinh Jadeja, Additional Chief Secretary (home) M S Dagur, DGP (in-charge) P P Pandey. In his brief speech Patel talked about a police image which is friendly for people at large and equally strict for criminals.