Mission Shakti: Yogi asks the police to launch a safety campaign for women and activate anti-Romeo squads

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the state police to carry out a special campaign for the safety of women and girls and to activate anti-Romeo squads from Saturday, the first day of the Navratri festival, a said a senior official.

The chief minister also ordered the state home ministry to speed up priority setting for the government’s 100-day plan.

The Mission Shakti campaign will be launched more effectively from April 2, and the special campaign is expected to be carried out in schools, colleges, markets and public places, the chief minister said. He was addressing a high-level review meeting on the state Department of Interior’s 100-day work plan at his official residence on Thursday evening.

Mission Shakti focuses on the safety and dignity of women and girls.

The recruitment of at least 10,000 police should be done in 100 days, Yogi also said.

Anti-Romeo squads were formed shortly after Yogi Adityanath assumed the post of chief minister in Uttar Pradesh for the first time in 2017.

Security arrangements should be improved in all religious places and important places, Yogi added.

According to a PTI report, Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal said, “From the first day of Navratri, the Police Department will launch a special campaign regarding women’s safety. Anti-Romeo brigades will be activated near schools and colleges.

“In the evening, the police will undertake patrols in busy markets and crowded places,” he added.

Prosecution proceedings in criminal cases related to women must be carried out quickly and efficiently, said CM Yogi. Regular review should be done with the district monitoring committee, the chief minister added.

Ordering officers to take strict measures against criminals and mafia, Yogi said their illegal properties should be demolished or confiscated.

Top 10 criminals should be identified at each police station and at the district level, he said, adding that action against notorious criminals should be taken under the UP Gangster Act and the Goonda Act. Technology should be used to control crime, he said and added that success stories should be shared on social media.

The intelligence wing, special task force and counterterrorism squad should work in coordination, he said.

The liability of police officers of all ranks should be fixed. There should be zero tolerance against crime and corruption.

Proper setting up of police lines should be done in all districts within a year, he said. He asked policemen of all ranks to conduct daily foot patrols. Patrols carried out by the PRV-112 (police intervention vehicles) must be carried out efficiently and regularly. The traffic system should be made more efficient, he said.

Police stations should have proper seats and drinking water facilities for the people, the chief minister said. Public grievances should be prioritized, he added. The image of the police among the population should improve, he said.

Work to set up fire departments in all tehsil headquarters should be completed within 100 days, he said.

Battered women Police officers stationed at each gram panchayat and ward should sensitize the population on measures to combat female crime and development programmes. Police should maintain regular dialogue with village guards in rural areas to control crime, he said.

The Chief Minister ordered the officers to quickly complete the construction works for the creation of three women’s battalions of the Provincial Armed Gendarmerie (PAC).

Additional Chief Secretary (House) Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Director General of Police Mukul Goyal, Principal Secretary (to Chief Minister) Sanjay Prasad, ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar and other senior officers were present at the review meeting.


    Rajesh Kumar Singh is a special correspondent at HT Lucknow. It covers State Department of Interior, State Police, Central Police Agencies, BSP, Department of Health, UP Chief Electoral Officer, Department of Irrigation , mines and Lokayukta.
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