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Arvind Chhabra, Chandigarh: “Police is no more a strong arm of the state, it’s a tool in the hands of the strong,”
said Haryana director general of police (DGP) KP Singh on Wednesday, while adding that “extra-legal institutions are using arm-twisting practices and questionable manners to deviate police from their right path.”
The state police chief went on to blame “tainted recruitments, manner of postings and transfers, personal weaknesses” for the falling professional and ethical standards of policemen.
The occasion was a seminar on ‘Policing in India: The Challenges Ahead’ here, which brought together people performing different roles after the violent Jat agitation in February.
Sharing dais with the DGP were former DGP Prakash Singh (who had slammed the police in his fact-finding report on the agitation) and senior advocate Anupam Gupta (amicus curiae in the case of alleged gangrapes in Murthal during the same agitation). Also present were Justice Suryakant and Punjab DGP Suresh Arora.
The Haryana DGP also used the occasion to blame the police failure to gather evidence in the Jat agitation on the legal system. “Direct witness, which is said to be the best evidence, is not sustainable in modern world,” he said, adding that we need to give credence to newspaper reports and CCTV images “especially in mass agitations like the one in Haryana where we didn’t have direct evidence.”
Mass agitations and social order created by the dominated caste are among the new threats to the rule of law, he said.
Anupam Gupta, however, tore into the DGP in his address, saying he (DGP) was referring to strange excuses. The fact, he said, was that the state had withered away in Haryana in the face of Jat agitation and its officers took to its heels. He recalled how an IGP used force to protect himself.