The Bihar Chief minister, Nitish Kumar, has sought to know from top police officials the reasons for a drop in communal incidents at places that were previously considered sensitive and a rise in new places.
'We need to know the reasons behind this shift in communal incidents. There is a need for continuous special vigil in sensitive areas. District magistrates and superintendents of police must visit such places and also interact with peace committee members,' Nitish said.
He also pointed that Muharram and Dussehra were nearing and asked his top officials, including chief secretary Deepak Kumar, director-general of police K.S. Dwivedi and home secretary Amir Subhani, to interact on this with all district magistrates. He stressed the need for sensitising regional officials about the issue.
His worry stemmed from the flare-ups over the last one year, and with his secular credentials, he is in no mood to take risks when Lok Sabha elections are round the corner.
This became clear when he directed the police and administrative brass to ensure that culprits involved in communal incidents are put on speedy trial.
'There is a need to expedite the process of ensuring punishment. There cannot be any compromise over this come what may or whoever is involved,' He said.
The meeting also focused on the trend of more and bigger religious processions being taken out in different parts during festivals. The need for having adequate deployment of security forces was also discussed.