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BJP's Hunkar Rally: Blasts are result of police and intelligence agencies' failure
The failure of police, administration and intelligence to save lives of common people raises question mark on their capability to safeguard the interests of the common people. Further, it is threat to security and integrity of a nation as well. The recent example is the serial bomb blasts in the Hunkar Rally of Narendra Modi, BJP's PM candidate at Gandhi Maidan in Patna where five people lost their lives with more than fifty getting injured, as per media reports. Government agencies should ensure safety and security in the interest of the country.

The serial blasts killing of common man in the Hunkar rally at Patna is a gross failure of the police and intelligence agencies. They failed to save the precious life of the people. The casualty might have increased if people didn't remain calm and disciplined.

The law and order is a state subject and maintenance of law and order is the duty and responsibility of police and home department of the state. The increase in intensity of bomb blasts and riot like situation in recent times in many parts of the state, points towards the incapability of the officers to provide security and safety to the common people. It is the tough time for the government of Bihar.

The Government should ensure free and fair enquiry and punish the perpetrators of the crime. Further, government will have to be vigilant and ensure security and safety in wake of the festivity season of Diwali and Chhath Puja.

The image and capability of Chief minister, Shri Nitish Kumar is also at stake and it is up to him to stand to the hope and aspirations of the people. It is also his moral duty  to ensure safety and security of the people. Though, he is considered as fresh, fair and honest politician capable to turn despair into hope, time will judge him.

Time and again blasts occur in many parts of the country,  investigation initiates ,but the issue is can government agencies stop such crimes to recur. The NIA formulated by the Central government to check and investigate the terror attacks and security threats, is unable to check and root out terrorist outfits because of weak police forces, which also lacks strength. The local police play a key role to check unsocial elements and maintain law and order. But, abysmal police to population ratio restricts effectiveness of police.

There is just one policeman for 761 people which translates approximately into 131 policemen per lakh population. India has fewer cops per capita than other countries. Bihar's police to population ratio of 1:1456, is even lower. A number of key officers posts are vacant. Bihar Home Guards jawans are in bad shape. Earlier Home guards served as a buffer stock to take control of any situation.

The UN recommended figure of roughly 222 policemen for a lakh population, but sadly it is not the case with figures of only 176 policeman for a population of one lakh.

Quality of policing, poor remuneration and working hours requires attention of the policy makers. The Padmanabhaiah Committee on police reforms observes that ?Police work cannot be organized on 8-hour basis, police personnel should be given weekly off and (be) compulsorily required to go on an earned leave every year.? Holiday homes may be constituted for police personnel.

Political parties should refrain from blame game and should avoid wrong methods for petty gains. Safety and security should be ensured by police reforms, recruiting and strengthening of police and Home guards.

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hemen parekh
Can’t you be Specific ? During Hunkar rally of BJP on 27th Oct , there were 7 bomb blasts , in and around Gandhi Maidan , Patna IB ( Intelligence Bureau – GOI ) says , that it had sent an alert to Bihar Govt on 23rd Oct Bihar CM , Nitish Kumar says , he had received no “ specific “ advance alert Being , “ His Master’s Voice “ , Bihar IG , Ravindra Kumar says the same We have to agree ( even if reluctantly ), that the Kumars are right ! After all , IB alert did not contain following “ specific “ info :  Names / Addresses / Mobile Nos / Photos of the attackers  Number of explosive devices / powers / types / triggers, etc  Vehicles ( indicating license plate nos ) carrying these devices  Exact locations where the devices were planted  Exact time when devices were scheduled to go off  Specific persons – within that crowd of 300,000 – who were targeted  Number of police / officers /detectives that Bihar Govt must deploy A furious , Nitish Kumar is asking IB : “ Why did you have to email your alert ? In Bihar , we only look at alerts received through Indian Postal Services , which , like our Law Enforcement Agencies , take their own sweet time to arrive after a few weeks / months ! Also , what is your excuse for sending NIA / NSG teams after the blasts ? Why couldn’t you send them before the blasts ? And , in future please be more specific “ Sushil Kumar , please note ! • hemen parekh ( 29 Oct 2013 )
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