No plan to arm SPOs in Bihar, says DGP
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 18:17
Patna: There is no plan to arm Special Police Officers (SPO) in Bihar as was done in Maoist-hit Chhattisgarh, Director General of Police Neelmani said on Wednesday.

"The SPOs in Bihar are not equipped with weapons and we have no proposal to arm them in future," Neelmani told reporters after reviewing performance of police at a high-level meeting.

At present, the state has 6,000 SPOs under a scheme launched by the Centre, he said.

Referring to the attack in Kareili village of Munger district on July three by Maoists during which six villagers were killed, Neelmani ruled out any lapse on the part of police.

"Police acted swiftly after receiving the information about the attack and arrested some Maoists," he said.

He said he had sought deployment of nine Deputy Commandant-rank officials for stepping up offensive against Maoists-hit districts in Bihar.

"If we receive services of such officials from BSF and CRPF, it will help intensify the drive against the ultra-left outfit," he said.

Stating that the Centre had lauded the state's role in curbing Maoists, he said police had achieved success during recent encounters in East Champaran and Banka districts and seized 26 weapons. "Several Maoists leaders and including their politburo members were also arrested," Neelmani added.

Referring to the meeting with top police officials of the state, Neelmani said pendency of cases with the law enforcing agency would not be tolerated.

He said ten officers in the rank of Deputy Superintendent and 12 in the rank of Inspector had been found guilty of lapses leading to pendency of the cases and strict action would be taken against them.

"We have also removed such officials from field duty... we will initiate departmental proceedings against them.

"We'll also keep close watch on the performance of the district police chief in the event of a rise in crime graph," Neelmani said.


First Published: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 18:17

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