Po­lice fur­ther em­pow­ered in crim­i­nal track­ing trail

Move to help tighten noose around crim­i­nal el­e­ments

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - FRONT PAGE - Ro­hit K Singh ro­hit.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: Now the UP di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice can de­clare a re­ward up to ₹ 2.5 lakh on no­to­ri­ous and dreaded crim­i­nals while the district po­lice chiefs can de­clare up to ₹25,000 on such crim­i­nals. Adopt­ing a tough stance against crim­i­nals, the state gov­ern­ment on Satur­day en­hanced the del­e­ga­tion of fi­nan­cial pow­ers to field of­fi­cers for dec­la­ra­tion of re­ward amount on crim­i­nals.

LUC­KNOW: Now the UP di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice can de­clare a re­ward up to ₹ 2.5 lakh on no­to­ri­ous and dreaded crim­i­nals while the district po­lice chiefs can de­clare up to ₹ 25,000 on such crim­i­nals.

Adopt­ing a tough stance against crim­i­nals, the state gov­ern­ment on Satur­day en­hanced the del­e­ga­tion of fi­nan­cial pow­ers to field of­fi­cers for dec­la­ra­tion of re­ward amount on crim­i­nals.

These re­wards are an­nounced on crim­i­nals ac­cord­ing to their no­to­ri­ety in the crime world.

This en­hance­ment of fi­nan­cial pow­ers fol­lows back to back en­counter of crim­i­nals since the for­ma­tion of Bharatiya Janta Party gov­ern­ment in the state. Nearly 15 dreaded crim­i­nals have been gunned down, 84 in­jured dur­ing po­lice fir­ing and 1106 ar­rested since March 20 this year.

The field of­fi­cers of se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SSP)/ and su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP) level have been em­pow­ered to an­nounce re­ward up to ₹ 25,000 in place of the ear­lier amount of Rs 5,000.

The of­fi­cers of in­spec­tor gen­eral (IGs) of po­lice / deputy IG (DIGs) of ranges can now an­nounce up to ₹ 50,000. Ear­lier, the IGs could an­nounce re­ward only up to ₹ 15,000.

Sim­i­larly, the field of­fi­cers of ad­di­tional di­rec­tor gen­eral (ADG) of po­lice/ IGs at zonal level can de­clare re­ward up to ₹ 1 lakh and the DGP up to ₹ 2.5 lakh.

Ear­lier, the DGP could an­nounce the re­ward up to ₹50,000 only.

More­over, the prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary/ sec­re­tary home level of­fi­cers may now an­nounce the re­ward up to ₹ 5 lakh which was ear­lier re­stricted to ₹ 2.5 lakh.

The gov­ern­ment or­der, un­der signed by sec­re­tary (home), Mani Prasad Mishra (dated Septem­ber 16, 2017) reads that this in­crease in fi­nan­cial pow­ers to field of­fi­cers is made ef­fec­tive with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

This in­crease in fi­nan­cial pow­ers for dec­la­ra­tion of re­ward amount on crim­i­nals comes af­ter eight years. In 2009, it was done dur­ing the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party regime when the SSPs/SPs had power to an­nounce re­ward of ₹ 2,500 only.

The or­der also states that the re­ward amount des­ig­nated to field of­fi­cers was very small and this en­hance­ment in fi­nan­cial pow­ers would boost the morale of po­lice of­fi­cers and be help­ful in tight­en­ing the noose around crim­i­nal el­e­ments.

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