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UP Police slams media for bad publicity

Written by: Staff
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Lucknow, Nov 21 (UNI) On the eve of Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalswamy's visit to Uttar Pradesh, the state police slammed the media for projecting the force in a bad light.

''Projecting the law and order situation in the state as bad will certainly affect the morale of the policemen who are working overtime to contain crime,'' said state Director General of Police(DGP) Bua Singh here.

In a joint press conference here Mr Singh and Principal Secretary (Home) S K Agarwal claimed that UP has one of the best police force in the country.

Doling out some crime statistics, the DGP said crimes under prominent heads have decreased in the past years. He attributed prompt action by the police for the reduced crime graph.

Both the officials blamed the media for giving 'negative' publicity of the state by creating undue hype on law and order situation. ''The flare up in Aligarh was the only major law and order problem of this year,'' the DGP claimed.

CEC N Gopalswamy will reach here tomorrow on a two-day visit to UP to take stock of the situation before announcing the dates for the assembly polls to be held between February-May, 2007.

Mr Agarwal said due to effective police action three-year-old Anant, kidnapped from Nodia for ransom, was recovered safely and the ransom money recovered.

'' We also admit that there should be more improvement in the police system and there can be lapses in the department'', the home secretary said.

He said in a big state like UP, petty crimes are likely to happen. But the approach of the police in handling the situation was important, he pointed.

''The present government has taken good care of the police department and hence appointments were made and record promotions were done to uplift the working atmosphere in the police'', Mr Agarwal further claimed.

The DGP in his claim said 37 dacoits have been killed in encounters this year, while 275 dreaded criminals were shot dead by police during this period. He claimed that incidents of dacoity have come down by 61 per cent in 2006 as compared to 2004, while incidents of loot and murder have come down by 28 and 17 per cent respectively.

Talking about the action taken against the erring policemen by the government, he said 86 have been arrested while 40 have been dismissed from service.

About the allegation of issuance of firearms licences and gunners to criminals, the DGP said at least 1,500 firearm licence have been withdrawn.

UNI MB/NAB MSJ HT1730

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