Patna: Bihar government will set up one SC/ST police station in each of the district headquarters across the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Tuesday.

Kumar, who was addressing a high level meeting on SC/ST atrocity prevention here, said such police stations would be set up soon and if any had been set up away from the district headquarters would be shifted.

In cases relating to prevention of atrocities on SC/STs, he said government lawyers would be nominated to present the government side in subordinate judiciary and the high court.

He said district magistrates should take initiative for payment of monthly pensions to victims of murder, carnage, rape and gang rape. Authorities should also ensure payment of daily allowance to witnesses to present themselves in courts in such cases.

He also directed the district magistrates to ensure regular meeting of district level vigilance and monitoring committee for reviewing cases registered under the act.

Kumar directed IG (Weaker Section) to ensure arrest of persons involved in rape at all costs and laid stress on ensuring speedy trial of cases under Prevention of SC/ST Atrocities Act.

State SC/ST Welfare Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Chief Secretary Navin Kumar, Home Secretary Amir Subhani and Director General of Police Abhyanand were among those present at the meeting.