Jabalpur: Admitting to naxal presence in Balaghat and Singrauli districts in Madhya Pradesh, the state DGP Nandan Dube on Tuesday said the Red movement in that region is far from being significant.

"There is definitely a naxal movement in Balaghat and Singrauli districts, but it is not very effective," Dube told reporters during his visit to Jabalpur city.

To a query on occurrence of crime, he said crime rate in Madhya Pradesh was much lower in comparison to other states.

On pending departmental inquiries against policemen in the state, the DGP said a total of 1100 inquiries were being conducted against the police personnel at a break-neck speed.

Dube said the overall conviction rate in Madhya Pradesh stood at 58 percent and is 65 percent in Jabalpur district.

Expressing concern over mere 32-33 percent availability of housing facilities for cops, the DGP said a fund of at least Rs 4,400 crore is needed for providing accommodation to all ranks.

On cyber crime, Dube said the policemen were being provided adequate training to deal with such hi-tech crimes.

The DGP said that process of recruitment of lower rank personnel will be handed over to independent agencies to bring about transparency.


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