UP DGP Interview: Twitter, FB or Whatsapp cannot control crime but ‘danda’ can
Lucknow: Over-three month old Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh has constantly been under fire for poor Law and Order ever since it came into being. The UP DGP Sulkhan Singh admits, though not fully, that the lack of work culture in the police has a lot to do with it.
Conceding that some unpleasant incidents had taken place in the state during last three months, he said that the efforts were afoot to instill new mantra of work culture and crime control mechanism through modern technology. ‘’The use of technology is ok but the staff has to understand that the crime cannot be controlled through Twitter, Facebook or Whatsapp and ultimately the police work force will have to use ‘danda’ for better results,’’ he said in an exclusive interview with ‘Apna Bharat ‘ and newstrack.com.
The UP DGP said he had nothing against the social platform but it should be used as supplementary mechanism and cannot be depended upon. ‘’ At the end of the day , the policeman in the field with a baton in hand will count,’’ he points out.
The 1981-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sulkhan Singh, who had always been rated highly for his straight-forward approach, was a little disappointment over control of crime situation in Uttar Pradesh. Undeterred by the criticism, he said some fresh initiatives like posting Additional Director General (ADG) ranks officers in the zones and Inspector General (IG) level officers in the ranges will do a word of good for the police adding their experience would come handy for the Law and Order.
Describing the caste conflicts in Saharanpur and Raebareli as ‘unfortunate’, he said strict vigil was being maintain to stop such incidents. ‘’The strict actions have been taken in the light of these incidents and even otherwise where the laxity of the police personnel is found,’’ he adds.
In a note of warning to police department, Sulkhan Singh said that even the senior officers would have to come out of their cozy comfort to visit the field . No officer, irrespective of his seniority, would be spared if found wanting in their approach to tackle the crime, he asserted.