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UP police headless as Centre delays clearance for DGP-designate

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Lucknow, Jan 18: Almost three weeks after Uttar Pradesh top cop Sulkhan Singh demitted office, one of the largest police forces in the world continues to be headless.

While the state government had named CISF chief OP Singh as the next Director General of Police (DGP), he is yet to join and officials in the government seemingly have no clue on what’s happening.

Sources in the Home Department said that the delay in Singh taking up his new assignment is because the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which has to sign his relieving letter, has not met as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been busy with Israeli Prime Minister’s visit and other matters.

Senior officials, however, don’t buy this argument as they point out that the ACC action was just a “formality on paper”.

Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar says that the central government had “not responded” so far to the state government’s proposal. In a letter to the Union government, the state had informed that it had taken a decision to name O.P. Singh as the next DGP and had requested that “his services with the Centre may be concluded and he reassigned to UP”. No action seems to have been taken on this proposal.

Opposition parties have been taking potshots at the government on this count. “The BJP has governments both at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh, so what’s the delay? This is a bizarre case where the police force does not have a head even as the crime rate is on the rise,” Ajay Kumar ‘Lallu’, Leader of the Congress party in the state Assembly, told IANS, adding that the delay also shows chinks in the ruling party.

“There is no independent decision-making in the present government; the ropes of governance are in the hands of the Centre. I think if (Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath was given a free hand, the state would not be suffering such a situation where there is no police head,” he contended.

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav too is vocal in deriding the state government for its failure to get the DGP to join. “Suna hai naye DGP ache dinon ke aane ka intezaar kar rahe hai, aise mein kya kahein, janata ki kise fikr hai, ye sab dikh raha hai” (We have heard that the DGP designate is waiting for an auspicious day to join. The less said the better, no one seems to be bothered about the people), he said.

Insiders in the ruling party confided that the DGP’s joining had been stuck because of opposition by some state leaders who feel that another Thakur officer in the already Thakur-dominated police and bureaucracy would “send the wrong signals”.

The previous DGP, Sulkhan Singh, was also a Thakur and had been given a three-month extension by the government at end of September last year. There are many Thakur officials in the state in lucrative positions, giving the opposition enough ammunition to allege that the Chief Minister, himself a Thakur, was giving preference to caste over competence.

A senior BJP minister, unwilling to be named, said that a “rethink on the DGP’s name is on” and that a majority of state leaders want a competent, clean and fair officer to head the state police.

O.P. Singh has served in many senior positions in the state government but his name has also been tarred by controversies. He was the SSP of Lucknow when a murderous attack took place on BSP chief Mayawati. He was suspended thrice and is known to be close to former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

With so many undercurrents and delays, it is going to be while before the new DGP arrives in the state and gives some direction to the police force, that invariably is slammed for being poor in crime control.

IANS

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Covid cases cross 8-lakh mark in Karnataka, 10k recover

Out of 1,00,511 tests conducted in a day, 17,729 were through rapid antigen detection and 82,782 through RT-PCR.

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Bengaluru, Oct 25 : With 4,439 new cases in a day, Covid tally in Karnataka crossed 8-lakh (8,02,817), including 81,050 active cases, while 10,106 were discharged, taking recoveries to 7,10,843 till date.

“The death toll rose to 10,905, with 32 succumbing to the infection during the last 24 hours across the state, including 20 in Bengaluru, which increased its toll to 3,734 till Saturday,” said the state health bulletin on Sunday.

As epicentre of the virus, accounting for 50 per cent of the state’s cases, Bengaluru Urban district registered 2,468 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, taking its Covid tally to 3,25,773, including 51,672 active cases, while 2,70,366 recovered so far, with 6,759 discharged on Saturday.

Among the districts, Bengaluru Rural recorded 234 positive cases, Tumakuru 141, Mysuru 140 and Dakshina Kannada 139.

After Bengaluru, 415 were discharged from Hassan, followed by Mysuru 366, Chikkaballapur 233 and Dakshina Kannada 211.

Of the 939 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs), 432 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 61 in Ballari, 44 in Hassan and 38 in Chamarajangara district.

Out of 1,00,511 tests conducted in a day, 17,729 were through rapid antigen detection and 82,782 through RT-PCR.

“Positivity rate of the state has further declined to 4.41 per cent and case fatality rate to 0.72 per cent,” added the bulletin.

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Over 1700 challans issued on Dussehra for violating Covid norms

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New Delhi, Oct 25: The Delhi Police issued over 1,793 challans on Sunday on the occasion of Dussehra for violation of COVID-19 norms, officials said.

A total of 1,711 challans were issued to those who were found not wearing masks, 18 challans for spitting and 64 challans were issued to those found violating social distancing norms, according to the Delhi Police data.

A total of 1,793 challans have been issued for various violations till 4 p.m. on Sunday, officials said.

Citing the collective data, the Delhi Police said since June 1,54,26,561 challans have been issued for mask violation, 3,112 challans for spitting and 33,439 challans for violation of social distancing norms.

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Uttar Pradesh: 5-yr-old raped by teenager

The FIR was lodged on the charges of rape (section 376 of the IPC) and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the SHO said.

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Fatehpur (UP), Oct 25 : A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a teenage boy in a village in the Khaga area of Fatehpur district.

Khaga station house officer (SHO) RK Singh said, “An FIR was registered on Saturday on a complaint against a 13-year-old boy, who allegedly raped the girl. We have detained the accused.”

The girl was playing near her house when the accused took her to a secluded place and allegedly raped her, the family members alleged.

According to the FIR, the incident took place at around 2 p.m on Saturday and the locals tried to settle the matter but, later, the family members of the victim informed the police about it.

The FIR was lodged on the charges of rape (section 376 of the IPC) and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the SHO said.

The victim has been sent for medical examination.

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