Lucknow, Jun 17 UNI | 1 month ago

Facing attack on deteriorating law and order situation from Opposition parties including Centre, which warned Uttar Pradesh government to improve the situation, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav once again changed Principal Secretary (Home) today.

Deepak Singhal, who has been given challenge to set the law and order in right direction just a fortnight back, received marching order soon after review meeting by the Chief Minister.

He was replaced by social welfare commissioner, Rakesh Bhadhur, tonight, official sources here said.

Though official communique of the government did not cited any reason for action against Mr Singhal but sources said he was shunted out as Chief Minister was not happy with the law and order situation particularly after recent political killings of leaders of BJP and Congress along with the killing of two police personnel in Firozabad.

Earlier, reviewing the law and order situation here this morning, Akhilesh Yadav, directed to ensure minimum response time in attending to cases of attack women and girls.

He warned of stern action against the officers who would not comply with the orders. Mr Yadav also directed the officers to pursue the cases related to crime against women pending in different courts on top priority and to expedite the investigation so that guilty could be punished.

The Chief Minister already wrote a letter to Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court requesting him to constitute fast track court in each district at the earliest.

The CM also directed the senior officers that briefing related to crime related incidents should be made only by Principal Secretary (home), Director General of Police, or at least by ADG rank officer while in district level, the same should be made by district magistrates, SSPs, or SP.

At divisional level, commissioners and IG zones would brief the media. He directed the officers that they should not make any compromise on law and order front and take appropriate action to give a better and safe atmosphere.

Besides Chief Minister and chief secretary, Alok Ranjan, principal secretary (Home), Deepak Singhal, DGP, AL Banerjee and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

(Posted on 18-06-2014)