Siddu Pulls up Police for Not Checking Crime - The New Indian Express

Siddu Pulls up Police for Not Checking Crime

Published: 05th February 2014 08:49 AM

Last Updated: 05th February 2014 08:54 AM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday took police officers to task for failing to deliver on many fronts.

Inaugurating the annual senior police officers’ conference here on Tuesday, he said they had done nothing to check gambling, prostitution, single-digit lottery and hooliganism, despite his instructions last year.

He announced the setting up of an anti-suicide squad to prevent suicides during protests and demonstrations.

“Farmer Vittal Arabhavi was flashing a bottle of poison before he drank it. The police could have prevented his suicide, which led to chaos at the Belgaum Assembly session,” he said.

He advised senior officers of the rank of Additional Director General of Police to visit the districts in the wake of big crimes. “This will make junior officers take up the investigations seriously,” he remarked.

The government will hold the Inspector General of Police and Superintendent of Police responsible if anything goes amiss, he warned.

Siddaramaiah was angry that policemen suspended for crimes continued to roam free. Police officers at the Cubbon Park and HAL stations had got off lightly, he said.

He spoke about suspended inspector Rajesh, who allegedly took a bribe of `3 lakh to release an offender. “Why is he not being arrested?” he asked. He also wanted the real estate mafia reined in.

Siddaramaiah regretted the police were not sensitive to the woes of Dalits. “In 2011, 1,792 atrocity cases were registered by Dalits. Only in 16 cases were the culprits convicted,” he said.

In 2012, 1,762 cases were reported. In 2013, the number was 1,925. “Yet, the conviction rate is zero per cent in these two years,” he said. The reason for this dismal record is that the police are not recording statements from complainants properly, he added.

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