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Bihar Police to treat complainants like guests

Beginning 2009, the Bihar Police will become more approachable than ever before.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna |
December 26, 2008 12:25:37 am

Beginning 2009, the Bihar Police will become more approachable than ever before. At least this is what the state Director General of Police (DGP) D N Gautam has promised while declaring that complainants would be treated as “guests” at all police stations from this New Year.

Stressing that there was an urgent need for the police to undergo an attitudinal change, Gautam, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday, said, “The day a boy comes fearlessly to lodge a complaint at a police station, our purpose will be served.” This was perhaps for the first time that a DGP in the state had called the media for an interaction during year-end.

The DGP said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, besides the annual police budget, had sanctioned imprest money of Rs 25,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 for urban, Naxal and rural police stations respectively.

He said protests with dead bodies following road accidents and torching of police stations will not lead the state anywhere. Rather, tolerance and cooperation with the police were the ways out, added Gautam.

He said though the state had not faced any terror threat so far, it was well-equipped to counter the same. He, however, said discussing such strategies in public wouldn’t be the right thing to do.

Giving comparative crime figures, the DGP said crimes such as murder, dacoity and robbery have decreased since 2001. “Naxal crimes have also come down this year, from 382 to 75 cases.”

“An inter-state task force will be formed soon,” said the DGP, adding that the Intelligence wing will be strengthened in accordance with the strength of the special branch.

He informed that in 2006, 89,711 criminals, including 5,066 hardcore criminals, were sent to jail. In 2008 (till November), 85,297 criminals, including 3.234 hardcore criminals, were arrested.

Between January 2006 and November 2008, 27,101 people were convicted, the DGP said.

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