Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday inaugurated the much-awaited state-of-the-art police academy in Rajgir in the presence of top law enforcement officials and NDA leaders.

Spread in an area of 133 acre, the academy has been built at the cost of about Rs. 290 crore.

Since the bifurcation of the state in 2000, Bihar did not have a police academy of its own and with the construction of the Rajgir facility, it will now be able to train up to 4000 recruits at a time.

Speaking on the occasion, Kumar regurgitated his speech that he delivered a few weeks ago at the inaugural of a new state police headquarters in Patna.

Nitish Kumar inaugurates police academy in Rajgir.

"Maintaining law and order is your responsibility, not us politicians. You fail in your duties and I get the blame. This cannot go on any longer; you must protect the people of Bihar and win the trust of law-abiding citizens. I have to worry about you; you should worry about keeping the people safe," the Chief Minister said.

Continuing his tirade against the state police and its failure to keep people safe, Kumar said that the police should do its work without any interference from anyone, including the government.

"You must do your job without worrying about senior officials interfering in your business. We don't tell you who to protect or who to implicate; it's your job to catch the criminals and make sure justice is served to the victim or victim's family," he said adding days of pot-bellied cops were over and if people wanted to join the police force, they must be declared fit from all aspects.

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