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Do not wait for technicalities in cases of crimes against women: CM directs top cops

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday instructed the police superintendents in the districts and the police commissioners from different commissionerates to ensure that no incident of violence against women goes unreported.

The development takes place in the wake of the recent incident in Hyderabad, in which a 26-year-old veterinary doctor was gang-raped and burnt to death.

The Chief Minister on Monday held a high-level meeting with the senior police officers from all the districts at Nabanna. All the police superintendents from North Bengal and far-off districts took part in the video conference conducted by Banerjee.

During the meeting, Banerjee asked the top cops to ensure prompt action in cases where crime is committed against a woman. She reportedly told the police officers that whenever there is a complaint at any police station in this connection, it should be registered by the police station without going into the technicalities.

No police station can deny a complainant from registering the complaint only because the place of the crime does not fall under that particular police station, she emphasised.

"The primary job of the police is to take the complaint as well as ensure the safety of the complainant. Issues like the person's residence and location where the crime occurred should not be considered while registering the complaint," Banerjee said.

It has been learnt that the Chief Minister also warned the officers, saying that action would be taken against those who will be found to have failed in taking prompt action.

Keeping in mind the Hyderabad tragedy, Banerjee told the police officers to ensure that no such incident occurs in Bengal.

The Chief Minister reportedly rebuked the SPs of Malda, Cooch Behar and Murshidabad and they were asked to take additional measures for ensuring law and order in their respective districts.

The SPs of bordering districts were asked to intensify vigil in order to check

trafficking, smuggling and infiltration.

During the meeting, Banerjee also instructed the top cops to keep a tab on the activities of All India Majlis-E-Ittihad-Ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), which she had earlier accused of dividing communities.

It has been learnt from sources that the activities of AIMIM on social networking platforms would also be monitored.

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