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Ruling party is using UP Police to protect its goons and criminals: Prakash Singh, Former UP DGP, says in an interview
Former IPS officer Prakash Singh, who served as DGP of Uttar Pradesh and Assam has termed the present law and order situation UP as pathetic and dismal. He has accused the ruling party in the state of using the police force for its vested interests.

Singh, who also worked as a head of Border Security Force (BSF) and is a recipient of Padma Shri. He has filed a PIL in the Supreme Court asking for the measures to reform the police force

Prakash SinghIn a conversation with Prakash Singh, apart from UP's law and order condition, we tried take his views on the issue of naxalism and challenges before the new government at the Centre. Here are the excerpts from the interview.

Question (Q): How do you see the present law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh?

Prakash Singh (PS): The situation is quite dismal, its pathetic. The police department has been completely used by the party in power, to protect its own goons and criminals.

Q: AIDWA (a women rights group) in its report on Badaun Gang rape and murder case has said that Mulyam Singh's comment on Mumbai's Shakti Mill gang rape has encouraged criminals in the state. Do you agree with this?

PS: Yes, because when he says boys will be boys, which means the offense of rape will not be taken seriously by boys. Indirectly its an emboldenment from the chief minister. And the boys feels that their paternal Mulayam Singh is there to garner their interest.

Q: Is it true that politically motivated refusal to register complaints, torture and killings have produced unprecedented levels of public distrust and fear of the police in UP?

PS: Yes, people don't have faith in the (UP) police, they don't think police would protect them, especially where the accused is a Muslim or a Yadav, then people do not expect justice from the police. And police will think of twice or thrice before registering any case against them. And if at all they have registered a case, they won't take any definite action against the criminals. As the party is in power because of the support of Muslims and it is a powerful vote bank. Azam Khan, has always been interfering in such cases.

Q: It is said that whenever SP govt comes into power in UP the law and order situation deteriorates. What you have to say on this perception?

PS: This time we did not expect it to deteriorate, but this time also it has deteriorated. So, it only shows that, every time they come to power the situation deteriorates.

Q: A new govt has just stepped in at the Centre, what are the main challenges before it regarding the threat to national security?

PS: The greatest challenge comes from the international terrorism, externally that is the greatest challenge and apart from it terrorism is very big threat.

Q: Naxalism is one of the major domestic threat to the nation's security. What will you suggest to the home minister to deal with this problem effectively?

PS: I will say that, first a proper strategic plan needs to be built to deal with the problem. And it can tackled, its not that difficult.

Q: Any plans to join politics in future? 

PS: No.

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