UP has been under fire over a string of murders and kidnappings and though the state government has officially cited a decrease in major crimes, director general of police (DGP) HC Awasthy pulled up the officers in letters written on July 28 and August 14. ET has seen copies of both the letters.
“It has been seen recently that heinous incidents of murder and mass murder have taken place which is an issue of worry. An analysis of these incidents show disputes over property or land and disputes arising out of rivalries and tensions are responsible for the murders. Such incidents could have been stopped if the police had identified these disputes and resolved them at the local police station,” said the letter written on August 14.
Awasthy said that directions had been issued earlier too from the police headquarters in this regard but it seemed these were not implemented at the ground level. “The increase in such crimes in the districts is indicative of that. The present situation shows that directions from the headquarters have not been taken seriously,” the DGP wrote, specifying a 17-point list of measures to be taken at the police station level to reduce incidents of murders.
The list included identifying dreaded criminals out on bail, and making efforts to get their bail cancelled and to send them back to the jail.
In a letter written on July 28, the DGP referred to the recent kidnappings for ransom reported from Kanpur, Gorakhpur and Gonda and said police needed to act with more sensitivity and alertness. “Such crimes are not only serious but also cause mental pain to the family of the kidnapped person. Courts and media take up such crimes with prominence. It seems that repeated instructions issued from the headquarters regarding action to be taken in kidnapping cases are not being implemented on the ground,” said the letter.
A 32-point guideline on the standard operating procedure (SOP) to be followed in cases of kidnapping with ransom was spelt out in this letter by the DGP, stressing on the priority being the safe recovery of the kidnapped person and involvement of senior officers of the district in the investigation of the matter. “No carelessness in such matters will be tolerated and the station house officer will be responsible personally,” wrote the DGP.
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