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    Kanpur encounter: In June, UP DGP warned that increasing attacks on cops is a serious situation

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    Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police H.S. Awasthi said that strict provisions like the National Security Act, Goonda Act and Gangsters Act be invoked against criminals attacking the police. “I am confident that if these steps are taken seriously, then such incidents can be stopped,” the DGP wrote.

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    NEW DELHI: A month before the deadly encounter in Kanpur last night that left eight policemen dead and seven injured, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police H.S. Awasthi had told senior officers of the state in a letter that the increasing incidents of attacks on policemen was a “very serious situation”.

    ET has accessed this letter written by Awasthi on June 3. “Lately, there have been incidents of attacks on policemen by criminals and the general public. This is a very serious situation and a cause of worry that such incidents are happening regularly. This is a question mark on the leadership capability of senior officers because the police force works under their leadership and direction,” the DGP wrote.

    Awasthi said an analysis of the said incidents had revealed various reasons, like attacks by criminals while police were trying to arrest them or producing them in court or taking them to jail. “Another reason is the morale of the criminals being high due to strong action not being taken against them. There have been attacks on policemen by the public too after some unconstitutional, illegal and exploitative acts of policemen. Some such attacks are due to people feeling impartial and immediate action is not taken in cases like murder, kidnapping, rape, and road accidents,” the DGP’s letter said.

    Awasthi further wrote that another reason for such incidents was lack of coordination of the police with the local elected representatives and influential people of the area and maintaining no proper records of local issues that can create law and order problems. “You will agree that such incidents not only negatively affect the morale of the policemen but also spoil our image among the public. Policemen get injured in such incidents and the public property gets damaged,” the DGPs letter said.

    He said criminals accused of attacks on policemen should be immediately arrested and cases concluded against them with speed. “It will be the responsibility of senior police officers to ensure that FIRs are immediately registered in such cases and injured policemen are given prompt treatment. Places, where attacks have earlier taken place, should be reinforced with adequate police forces,” the letter says. Also, a policeman should not do anything that inflames the public but rather try and control the situation with help of police force, while action should be taken against a policeman who indulges in an illegal act so that public anger against the same is controlled, the DGP has written.

    Awasthi said that strict provisions like the National Security Act, Goonda Act and Gangsters Act be invoked against criminals attacking the police. “I am confident that if these steps are taken seriously, then such incidents can be stopped,” the DGP wrote.

    Eight policemen were killed and seven others injured in Kanpur on Thursday night after they went to arrest a local criminal who has over 60 cases registered against him. Police later gunned down two of the criminal’s accomplices.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    May 40 days ago
    Police needs to put pressure on government, administration bureaucracy judiciary because these public service offices are corrupt, do not do public works, delays the work, harassment of public happens.
    Paridhan Mitra40 days ago
    Unless police behave in an impartial manner on ground. This would remain a cause of concern as people have lost faith in them and consider them as puppet of one political party or another. Secondary, they police should demand more salaries and stop looting general public so that people consider them as friend and not gangsters who work behind law and break them at will.
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