ITANAGAR, July 17 � Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has underscored the need for effective policing to contain the �rising� crime graph in the State and urged the police to take a �pledge� to make the State crime-free.
�I fervently appeal to my police officer friends to take a pledge today to make our State, more particularly its capital Itanagar a crime-free zone. Let our people wipe out the feeling of insecurity and live in peace and tranquility. Let us deal the crimes and criminals with iron hands and ensure safety and security to the people,� he said.
Tuki, who was addressing a conference of senior police officers at Police Headquarters here yesterday, said, �The police personnel should be regularly trained on counter-insurgency, effective tackling of law and order besides investigating and controlling crime. I personally feel that there should be police training centers in every district headquarters so that the police personnel are regularly trained and prepared for tackling any eventuality.�
While referring to Sunday evening�s incident, wherein a lady journalist of a leading daily was shot at by an unidentified assailant, the Chief Minister said, �I believe this conference will also refer, ponder and retrospect on the latest crime in the State capital�
This reflects a bad light on our intelligence collection as well as poor confidence of the people on our security system. It is high time we tighten up our belts immediately�.
�Black forces and anti-social elements have been trying hard to dislodge the social fabric of our beautiful Arunachal Pradesh which was once termed as the �Island of Peace�. It is now our turn to ensure that we regain the lost glory.�
He also called upon the police to perform their duties sincerely for the safety, security and tranquility of the State and its people. He suggested for organising self-defence training programmes for villagers, women folks and youths.
Earlier, Director General of Police Kanwaljeet Deol, in her welcome address, gave a brief on the crime rate and law and order situation of the State. Among others, Home Commissioner R Negi was also present in the conference.
Later in the evening, the Chief Minister called on Governor Gen J J Singh at Raj Bhavan, wherein they discussed the law and order situation in the State, including its capital.
At the meeting, the Governor expressed his grave concern on the recent incidences of attacks on media persons, including the one occurred on Sunday evening, and said that people�s confidence should be strengthened by ensuring safety and security to people�s life and property.
The Chief Minister apprised the Governor on the steps taken by the government to arrest the culprit and also to ensure that such incidents does not take place in future.
The Governor has earlier in the day spoken to the DGP and directed her to take all possible measures to nab the culprit(s).