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’Victims’ of SP rule get a month

Saturday 23 June 2007

LUCKNOW: In a move aimed to embarrass her predecessor Mulayam Singh Yadav, UP chief minister Mayawati on Friday announced a month-long campaign for registering FIRs in connection with cases of victimisation during the last three-and-half years of Samajwadi Party rule. "I give one month to all those aggrieved due to their persecution to get their FIRs lodged with the police," Mayawati announced at a press conference at Yojna Bhavan.

She was accompanied by her close confidante and cabinet colleague, S C Mishra, cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh and principal secretary, home, J N Chamber, besides the two directors-general of police G L Sharma and Vikram Singh.

A government order (GO) bearing a stamp of ‘Top Priority’ was also issued by the home department. In the GO, the responsibility for carrying the CM’s orders was fixed on top police officials. Explaining the move, the CM said the decision followed the poll promise made by her during the assembly election campaign to establish the rule of law and wipe out jungle raj in order to deliver justice to every individual.

"Indeed I am thankful to the people that they trusted me and voted me to power with absolute majority. Now it is my turn to keep my promise and I feel that the time has come, as now, my pen has the power of authority," the CM said.

"The victimised people could register their FIRs within one month at the concerned police stations," she said, adding, "Special counters will be opened at the offices of the district police chiefs to facilitate registration of the complaints." As for any misuse of her order, she assured that her government would ensure that nobody dared to do that, and added: "Let me make it clear that this is not a political vendetta against anyone but only an effort to uphold the law and deliver justice to those feeling aggrieved."

See online : The Times of India

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