Bhopal: In wake of the forthcoming Assembly elections, state police is all set to launch a crackdown on wanted criminals in the state. Police will launch a month-long drive beginning September 1 to nab over 83,000 absconding criminals who could be potential threat to the assembly elections slated later this year.

Apprehending that the absconding criminals could be one of the major threats in conducting free and fair polls, the police headquarters has issued directions to execute pending warrants. ADG CID Kailash Makwana told Free Press that the department will launch a special drive from September 1 to October 30 to nab the wanted criminals.

Elaborating, the ADG said that permanent warrants and arrest warrants against 83,000 criminals are pending with the state police; of this 8,000 criminals hail from other state. District superintendent of police have been directed to nail down the warrantees. In two meetings held this month, the SPs were given fresh instructions to keep strict watch on history-sheeters and nab the wanted criminals, said Makwana.

“A letter has been forwarded to DGPs of other states to help MP state police to arrest the wanted criminals. We have written the DGPs of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and others,” informed the ADG.  Absconding criminals are one of the biggest challenges for the police to execute free and fair elections, said Makwana.  Expressing concern, he said that if these criminals were left free they might threaten voters and force them to vote in favour of person of their choice. He also informed that the police will also launch a drive against illegal liquor and arms. “The drive is equally important from election point as on the basis of arms and liquor the voters could be influenced, said ADG.

Cops’ safety to be insured

Special instructions have been given to ensure safety of police personnel going to execute the warrants. Recently in Chhindawara district, a constable was lynched by the relatives of the wanted criminal, when the police party had gone to arrest him.

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