Patna: Amid growing criticism over spiraling law and order situation in Bihar with reports of mob lynching and sexual abuse coming out of shelter homes for girls and women along with rising cases of murders and assault on police officials, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar huddled with his top law enforcement officials on Wednesday to take stock of the situation.
Kumar, who held a nearly six-hour-long meeting with the top police brass at his residence on 1 Anne Marg, held them responsible for rising crime in the state saying it was their constitutional duty to protect the citizens and he was in no way going to relent on this issue.
The Chief Minister told them in no uncertain terms that he would hold them responsible for any lapse in law and order and they needed to go after criminals with all might. He asked them to spare no mercy to criminals in various mafias and other criminals and anti-social elements who, he said, were giving a bad name to his government.
"State police have become target of criminals in the last few months and this is a major cause of concern. You have to go after them with full power because it is our constitutional duty to establish rule of law in the state," he said.
Expressing concern over recent cases of one police station refusing to take up a case citing the crime did not occur under their jurisdiction as it happened in the murder of a sports coach inside Moinul Haque Stadium last month, Kumar told the officials to make sure it did not happen again.
"A police station will not turn down a person who comes with a complaint even if the matter relates to some other police station. The case must be registered and arrangements must be made to send him to the right police station," he said.
Touching on the growing cases of communally-charged violence in Bihar, the Chief Minister wanted to know why previously communally-sensitive regions were peaceful now but formerly peaceful areas were now seeing a rise in such crimes
"What has changed that this situation has reversed? This has to be studied, analyzed, and dealt with immediately," he said adding major festivals like Dussehra and Muharram were right around the corner and the police have to make sure no untoward incident took place during any religious festival.
Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) K S Dwivedi, Home Department Chief Secretary Amir Subhani, CM's Principal Secretary Chanchal Kumar, Secretary Atish Chandra, and District Magistrates (DMs), Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs), IGs, DIGs of all districts were present at the meeting – many via videoconferencing.