Overaged policemen causing hurdle in investigation: Koda

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Ranchi, Nov 23 (UNI) In the wake of spurt in Naxalism and criminal activities in Jharkhand, Chief Minister Madhu Koda today made a threadbare review of the law and order situation and instructed police to accelerate investigation and to pull up their socks.

Mr Koda expressed concern over the slow pace of investigation and admitted that a large number of accused could easily escape conviction due to lack of evidence.

He made no bones about the high rate of criminal activities in the state capital followed by Dumka and Giridih districts.

The Chief Minister held a high-level meeting of the police officials here at the Indian Institute of Coal Management (IICM), which was also attended by officials from all over the state.

Later at a news conference, Mr Koda said more than 50 per cent of sub-inspector rank police officers were not fit to be pro-active in operational area, adding that the process of appointing about 200 young sub-inspectors was already underway to tide over the crisis.

He said due to tardy investigation, hardly three cases could be handled properly and expressed concern over the fact that thousands of cases were still pending.

He said over-aged policemen could not effectively gather evidence that helped the criminals evade punishment.

Mr Koda also referred to murder, kidnaping, rape and other social crimes saying all police officers were strictly asked to take up cases to frustrate the nefarious design of the perpetrators.

He said most of the cases were caused by land disputes.

Taking note of the common people's plight, he said officers were advised to make out of court settlement in terms of trifling issues to avoid court cases.

'' We often see policemen file cases of some small crimes and make poor people run from pillar to post,'' he said, adding that out of court setlement would help the poor section of society.

On Naxalism, he said the state police had been told to intensify random raids in villages and asked to cooperate with the forces sent by the Centre.

UNI

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