Odisha CM Exhorts Police To Focus On Crimes Against Women; Pats Cops For Action Against Narcotics Trade

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed concern over the low conviction rate in the state and called upon Odisha Police to focus on crime against women and children at the IPS officers conference here on Saturday.

Speaking at the valedictory day meet of the IPS officers conference, the Chief Minister declared five districts of Angul, Boudh, Deogarh, Nayagarh and Sambalpur as Left Wing Extremism-free. “There has been a remarkable improvement over the last couple of years in Swabhiman Anchal, the erstwhile cut-off area in Malkangiri district,” he added.

Congratulating Odisha Police for organising an effective drive against narcotic drugs in coordination with the Special Task Force (STF), Naveen called upon the police to continue the special drive with renewed vigor. “More emphasis should be given for curbing narcotic drugs in urban areas,” he said.

The STF also received a word of praise from the CM for carrying out special drive against wildlife trade. The STF has seized 21 leopard skins and many live pangolins.

However, the CM expressed concern over the low conviction rate. “All possible steps should be taken to enhance conviction rate by factoring in modern technology into the investigation,” said Naveen.

Crime against women and children should always be a focus area. “Any complaint received in this regard should be attended as per law immediately with empathy. Special wing in Odisha Police to look after offences against women and children should provide leadership in this field,” Naveen added.

The Chief Minister also declared housing for frontline police personnel. “For the next five years, Rs 1000 crore will be provided for police buildings with special emphasis on housing for the police personnel,” he said.

My Government is committed to maintain peace and harmony in the state. We are committed to ensure safety and security of the people especially the vulnerable sections of society.

Among others, Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra, DGP Abhay  and Principal Secretary, Home and Odisha DGP-designate, Sunil Kumar Bansal were also present.

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