Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at a function of the Bihar Police Building Construction Corporation (BPBCC) in Patna on Tuesday, engaged in some lofty rhetoric on law and order saying Bihar was identified world over by its rule of law and to maintain this status, he had given a free hand to all law enforcement officials with no interference from the government.

"The rule of law is the identification of Bihar and to maintain this, police are free to take any measures. The government is with you (police) at all steps," Kumar said just a day after criminals in Mokama tried to rob a Scottish couple who were on their way to Kolkata on their small raft as part of their adventure tourism in the Ganga.

Kumar, who rarely misses an opportunity to take veiled shots at his opponents as he did against Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders when he was first elected the Chief Minister of Bihar under the NDA banner in 2005 and later against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership when he dumped the NDA in 2013 and joined hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress only to abandon them again earlier this year allowing him to once again excoriate his original nemesis Lalu Prasad Yadav, in an apparent dig at his former allies, said that some people, read the Lalu clan, believed power meant amassing personal wealth and not serving the public.

"It is due to these kinds of people the entire system has to take the rap. But I am here to say that I will neither implicate anyone falsely nor I would spare anyone who is found to be guilty. The rule of law has to prevail and for this, the police of Bihar have my full support," the CM said.

Kumar also touted his government's success in modernizing the police department and ushering other positive changes that have helped the law enforcement officials keep crime rate low in the state.

"I have tried to improve the functioning and the image of Bihar police department. We provided money for better police uniform, better technology, new vehicles, and modern arms to deal with the criminals to keep crime rate low in Bihar. When I give you all these facilities, I also expect positive result in return. If needed, I will favor creating more police posts and will not hesitate in raising fund for our law enforcement machinery," he said.

On the occasion, Kumar electronically inaugurated 54 new police stations and 174 police buildings constructed by the BPBCC and laid foundation stones of additional 23 police buildings in Bihar. He also honored a number of agencies, contractors, officials, and workers of the corporation.