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State’s crime situation improving, possible AFSPA removal by October: GP Singh

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HT Correspondent

SIVASAGAR, Sept 14: The state police chief, GP Singh, visited Sivasagar and met with SP Sivasagar Subhrajyoti Bora and senior police officers of Sivasagar and Charaideo. During the hour-long discussion, the DGP assessed the law-and-order situation, the performance of the district police in Sivasagar and Charaideo, and other related issues. He expressed satisfaction with their performance but urged them to further improve, as the state police is currently falling behind the national standards in this regard.

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When asked about the high crime rate in the state, Singh informed the media that the crime scenario in the state is gradually improving. He mentioned that the conviction rate was slightly above 5.7% in December 2021 and has increased to 14.8% in August 2023. Additionally, there has been a concerted effort to root out corruption. Bringing down the overall crime rate will take some more time, as it is influenced by various complex factors. Singh also noted that Assam Police has recommended the lifting of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Assam, as the security situation is well under control. The Centre may officially lift AFSPA from Assam starting in October.

Regarding the accused ASP Subhalakshmi Dutta, the DGP emphasised that the police must have all the necessary evidence to establish a crime, and as a result, the investigation is ongoing and may take some time to conclude.

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