When politicians interfere in day to day matters, and become a law unto themselves , thanks to their clout and try to armtwist officials instead of leaving the policing on the cops, this is the general outcome.
from the TOI
Mumbai: A major section of the Mumbai police force is reportedly in a dilemma after the state government initiated a probe into last Monday’s incident at Kurla, where an armed youth from Bihar was shot dead by police after he had taken hostages in a BEST bus.
The government ordered a probe by the chief secretary after top Bihar politicians said the police could’ve captured 23-year-old Rahul Raj alive.
The issue recently came up at a meeting where senior police officers and police commissioner Hasan Gafoor was present. Last week, senior officers told Gafoor that juniors were asking them how to deal with such situations in the future. A police officer said, “Worried sub-inspectors and constables have been asking senior inspectors about the incident.’’
A senior officer asked, “Should we have waited for the boy to fire at a few more innocent passengers, like he shot at Manoj Bhagat, or should our officers become his victims?’’ Another officer said, “Either way we are bound to get criticism. Had Rahul fired at a few more passengers and we had not retaliated, the same people would have criticised us for not firing.’’
“If this is the attitude, then in the future no police officer will dare to rush to a spot and take quick decisions,’’ said a top officer.
Gafoor justified the police action to TOI, saying that his instructions were to save innocent lives.
On the opinion that Raj could have been taken alive, a police officer part of the Kurla operation said, “It is very easy to pass such comments. We know how we tackled the situation.’
And the poltician in question is most probably none other than L P Yadav, and i beg to question why does he not don the policemans dress and do the policing himself ?