Patna: It was classic Nitish Kumar when he, at the newly-built police headquarters in Patna on Wednesday, held a class of his ‘students’, or the top brass of the Bihar police, lecturing them to perform their jobs dutifully and win the support of the people by putting the bad guys behind bar while, at the same time, being sensitive to the needs of the law-abiding citizens.
“You have to live up to the expectations of the people. The government is giving all the tools and resources that you have been asking and all you have to do is to perform your duties diligently. People of Bihar are counting on you,” the Chief Minister said at the meeting held at the Sardar Patel Bhawan in the state capital.
After his customary advice to senior IPS officials, Kumar turned his focus on his opponents saying some people were the merchants of lies and smears who had nothing positive to say about the state of affairs in Bihar.
“Bihar is a peaceful state but every once in a while, bad news comes out of the state and the media chooses to highlight them instead of focusing on positive news as our opponents seize the moment to score political points. Police is doing a wonderful job to bring criminals to justice but more has to be done in this regard,” he said.
Defending his own role in maintaining law and order in the state, Kumar said that in the last 13 years of his regime, he had never once picked up his phone and asked a senior official to harass someone or implicate him in false cases.
“If I call, it’s only to find out how things are going. You guys are doing a great job and you continue to do so with honesty and integrity and that’s all we can ask from you,” he said.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister released a ‘coffee-table’ book of the Bihar police and a calendar to mark the event. He also flagged off 1001 new police vehicles at the cost of several hundred crore rupees for various police stations across the state.