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CM condemns recent rape instances, says police acted timely

Statesman News Service | Bhubaneswar |

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condemned the recent incidents of rape but said that the police had taken timely action in arresting the accused persons in the shortest possible time.

Replying to a discussion budgetary grants for the home and general administration department in the Assembly on Thursday, the CM said the Government will spare no efforts in ensuring that they are tried expeditiously.

Safety and security of women, children and other vulnerable groups remains the top priority of the Government. He also expressed concern of cyber crime and increasing road accidents.

To prevent Cyber crime, in addition to the Cyber Police Station at Cuttack, three more Cyber Police Stations at Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela have been established, said the CM.

“We are initiating highway patrolling, special drives to enforce traffic discipline and use of high tech gadgets to detect over-speeding”, he added The law and order situation in the state has by and large remained peaceful.

The overall crime situation is also well under control. No major LWE activity has been noticed in the affected districts. The recruitment to the Maoist organisation has declined and mass support base of the organisation has been rendered weak due to our pro-active security measures and developmental interventions, claimed the CM.

“Our intelligence-based operations have yielded significant results in 2018 with neutralization of five hardcore cadres and 12 arrests,” he said. He went on to list out measures taken to recruit and strengthen the police force, infrastructure, and public prosecutors.

The government has framed Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Rules, 2017 to ensure adoption of proper fire safety measures in high rise and other temporary structures.