Chief Minister reviews police in its entirety
GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the City Police had not disposed of around 40,000 pending cases since 1992.
The Chief Minister reviewed the activities of the police administration right from law and order to recruitment.
Talking to the media after the review, the Chief Minister said, "Of the around 40,000 pending cases with them, the City Police cannot trace the case diaries of nearly 16,000. I have asked them to talk to retired police officials, locate the missing case diaries that may lie somewhere, write them afresh and send the cases to the court. I have also asked them to dispose of cases more than the number of cases registered every month.
"I also held talks with range DIGs. The Superintendents of Police of various districts took part at the review meeting virtually. I have asked them to dispose of the maximum number of cases by March 31, 2022.
"I sync with the announcement of recruiting one lakh youths in government jobs by May 10, 2022; the government had asked the state police to recruit 16,000 personnel. They informed at today's meeting that they would recruit 12,000-13,000 police personnel. They will advertise 6,000 vacant posts, including that of five commando battalions, within this week. We will amend a rule to this effect in Bongaigaon tomorrow.
"I did instruct the police to complete post-mortem reports, accident reports, passport verification reports etc., in time. The government will release a few SOPs (standard operating procedures) to make the police complete passport verifications within 30 days. After my request, various police stations handed over 5,517 police reports to the persons concerned in their residences. I want to make the process speedier.
"There are reports that the crime rate in the state is rising. However, the fact remains that the number of cases goes up as soon as the lodging of an FIR. I have asked the police to adhere to the Supreme Court judgment in the Lalita Kumari case. According to the SC ruling, cases should be registered based on the preliminary investigation report of 24 hours. The government will notify it soon.
"The Police Accountability Commission Act also needs an amendment.
"The SP-level conference slated for December 8 and 9, 2021, will review the decisions taken at the first such conference at Kaziranga.
"The All India Police Foundation has rated the activities of the Assam Police with high esteem.
"The government will provide jobs to the next of kin of 70 police personnel who lost their lives at the hands of insurgents."
The Chief Minister released a book – Cyber Secure – this morning at the Assam Police Headquarters.