Let the police forces do their job professionally

December 2nd, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Dec 2 (ANI): The events in Mumbai have shown us how the police forces in the metropolis have been ineffective as the first line of defence against terrorists. The reason is that over the years the police has unfortunately lost its moorings and credibility. It has been the crying need of this country for over two decades now, if not more, that the police forces should be empowered to do their job professionally without interference from bureaucrats and political masters. Politicians to serve their own ends have used the police forces in almost all States of India, and as a result the people of India do not trust the service. The first duty of the state towards its citizens is to ensure law and order and provide security to the people. Under the Indian Constitution, the responsibility of maintaining law and order lies with the State Governments. Unfortunately, the State Governments have failed to ensure the safety of its citizens. Even the Central Government has been as much of a culprit in centrally administered areas. It was a great pity that the founding fathers gave away the issue of law and order and policing to the states even though they created an all India police cadre in the form of the Indian Police Service (IPS). Politicians in the states have ensured that the police force in their areas become their errand boys. The police dance to the tune of state politicians instead of carrying out their duties as protectors of the men and women in the street. Over a period of time, the police forces have become corrupt and overbearing. The situation has become so bad that police stations even refuse to register an FIR (First Information Report) for any crime that a citizen may report. You either bribe the policeman to get an FIR registered or move a politician to do so. The registration of an FIR does not mean that your case would be solved or that you may get justice. It can be to the contrary. Before you realise what has happened, the concerned police station may implicate you in the case. There are many instances when complainants have been implicated as criminals. The net result has been that people do not lodge or avoid lodging any complaints. The police forces in the states are reluctant or unable to handle criminals or terrorists. Remember the zeal and energy that the Maharashtra Police and its Home Minister (R.R.Patil) showed when they were fighting the poor hapless girls dancing away in bars to earn a living. The Director General of Mahrashtra Police, Mr. A.N. Roy, could be seen on television every night as though he was carrying out a huge operation to rid Mahrashtra of crime. He was only acting as the moral policeman of his boss Home Minister R.R. Patil. Contrast this with the passive role played by the Mumbai Police during the recent terrorist strikes in the city. Where has all this led the Maharashtra or Mumbai Police? Bombay Police at one time was known to be among the best not just in India but also in the whole of the then British Empire. They carried out their duties fearlessly and Bombay was among the safest cities in the world. Can Mr. R.R. Patil or Mr. Roy claim that today about Mumbai? The handling of police forces in the centrally administered areas has been no different in recent years. I remember as a child watching every afternoon that on summer days a bheshti water carrier would spray water on the main street of old Delhis Chandni Chowk. The beshti would be followed on horseback by the head of the police station along with two police constables. The immaculately turned out three horsemen would slowly take a walk towards the Fatehpuri mosque, turn around go up to the Red Fort and then back to their police station. This one gesture was enough to let criminals and others know that the police was around to deal with them.

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