Last week, Yogi Adityanath made a surprise visit to the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow.
After making it clear that the law and order situation in the state would be his government's top priority, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today asked cops to change the way they operated to encourage a sense of safety among people and fear among criminals.
During a review meeting with Director General and Additional Director Generals in his office yesterday, he also demanded a transparent working style in a corruption-free environment. "The police must establish a direct contact with people and take cognizance of even the most minor incident," he said.
He also stressed on field visits to understand the ground reality and said if cops can take some time out and patrol on foot with their juniors, it will instill a feeling of safety and reassurance among residents.
"If the department incorporates a few changes in its style of working, it would create fear in the mind of criminals and anti-social elements," the Chief Minister said.
Last week, Mr Adityanath made a surprise visit to the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow where he inspected records and mini-cells or lock-up facilities. "This is the first audit, not the last," said the Chief Minister, adding his visit aimed to "boost the morale of cops so that the law prevails."
He also encouraged cops to report on "the black sheep in the department who are acting in collusion with criminals and anti-social elements".
While promising a "fair and impartial" investigation into the latest attack on African students in Greater Noida to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, the Chief Minister directed the cops to prepare an elaborate work plan at the earliest.
The police said they have already arrested seven people and promised more arrests. A case of attempt to murder and violence has been lodged against about 300 unidentified people.(With inputs from PTI)