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Odisha govt moves to carry out HC order on law & order


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 6:

Two days after a rap on the knuckles by the Odisha High Court over the deteriorating law and order in the state, the Odisha government woke up from its deep slumber today and took several important decisions to execute the court’s order for regular review of criminal activities and measures to curb them.

High-Court The government decided to take action on four counts, informed Lalit Das, special secretary, Home briefing newsmen at a press conference here today.

The first of these four measures will be the constitution of a committee with the chief secretary as its chairperson to review law and order situation in state. DG Police, ADG (Crime), CP, SP, DCP and ACPs will be members of the committee, said Das.

A committee with the DGP as its chairperson will be formed to formulate guidelines for appointment of inspectors in police stations in urban areas, he said adding the appointments will be made strictly on the basis of the guidelines.

Besides, a disciplinary action committee, also headed by the DGP, will be formed to investigate complaints against police officers, informed the special secretary.

Strict vigil will be kept on criminals and their activities in the main thoroughfares in urban areas from 10 PM to 7AM using CCTV cameras and nakabandi, Das said.

All these decisions will be implemented before July 6, he added.

“On June4, the honorable High Court has issued an interim order. The order has four operative parts. The first operative part says that a committee under the chairmanship of the chief secretary with Home secretary, DGP, ADG (Crime) and the Commissionerate Police as its members will review the law and order situation in the state. Secondly, to conduct checking at all entry and exit points in the cities and towns either electronically or through check posts from 10 PM to 7 AM. Thirdly, the DGP will constitute a high level committee to take disciplinary action against erring police officers. Fourthly, a committee will be formed and guidelines prepared for posting of IICs in police stations in big towns, which will recommend to the Home department for their posting,” said the special secretary.

Das said the department will very soon take steps for forming the committee under the chairmanship of the chief secretary for reviewing the law and order situation and the DGP will be directed to implement the other three parts of the court’s order.

Since the next hearing in the matter is scheduled for July 6 in the High Court, all four parts of the interim order will be implemented before July 6.

It may be recalled here that expressing grave concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state exemplified by the recent burglary in the house of retired judge Justice PK Mohanty in Cuttack, the High Court in an interim order on June 4 had directed the state  government to review criminal activities in the state on a regular basis and take appropriate measures to check them.

The court had acted on a petition that the burglary in the house of Justice Mohanty was due to the laxity of the Markat Nagar police.