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Top U.P. cop: no ISI presence in madrasas
The Director General of Police (DGP), Mr Sriram Arun, has admitted that the Inter-State Intelligence (ISI) agents are active in the western districts of Uttar Pradesh and also along the Indo-Nepal border but their activities are not as grim as in some other states in the country.
In an exclusive interview with The Milli Gazette, the DGP said that the ISI agents often sneak into India through Nepal border taking advantage of the free movement of people of both countries along the border, Mr Arun remarked that their activities were not as serious in Uttar Pradesh as compared to some other states.
The DGP refused to give details of the arrests of the ISI agents made in the state on the ground that it may be detrimental to national security. The DGP pooh-poohed a question whether the ISI agents were using the madrasas as their hideouts along the Indo-Nepal border. It may be remembered that the state government had contended that the Religious Bill was adopted to check the activities of the ISI agents operating from religious places like madrasas.
To a question as whether some IPS officers had refused to take charge of some districts, Mr Sriram Arun replied that this was not true. Yet he admitted that they were reluctant to take up certain assignments. He denied that as a rule Muslim IPS officers were not being posted in the districts, range and zones. Mr Arun added that the Muslim IPS officers were as efficient and good as others.
The DGP claimed that the record of Uttar Pradesh in the human rights violations was not as bad as presented by media.
Giving details of the cases of human rights violations, the DGP said that 5176 complaints were reported from the state in 1999. Out of them, he said, the human rights commission disposed off 2605 complaints. Significantly, however, only 63 cases were found to be true and the state government had already taken action against the 94 erring policemen, he added.
Mr Arun admitted that criminals and gangsters had become more smart these days. He said that criminals and gangsters had now access to sophisticated weapons and equipment. On the other hand, the police were ill-equipped to meet their threat, he said. Mr Arun added that the delay in deciding the cases against the criminals had emboldened them. Courts take five to ten years to decide cases leading to low conviction rates.
Masood Hasan in Lucknow