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Re: [Arkitect India] The People Friendly Police?

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  • psn.1946
    We pay homage to security persons who sacrificed themselves while fighting 26/11 terrorists and Kargil war heroes. Rightly so. Simultaneously, should we not
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 29, 2010
      We pay homage to security persons who sacrificed themselves while fighting  26/11 terrorists and Kargil war heroes. Rightly so.

      Simultaneously, should we not condemn the rogue security persons and urge the state to punish them?  

      One set of rule for India and another set for Hindustan!

      Sankara Narayanan 

      On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 6:21 AM, Gladson Dungdung <gladsonhractivist@...> wrote:
      The People Friendly Police?

      By Gladson Dungdung

      29 November, 2010
      Countercurrents.org

      Since inception of the state, the Jharkhand government has been
      carrying on anti-naxal operations and building up the people friendly
      police in the state simultaneously. In the recent development, Neyaz
      Ahmed, the director general of police and the executive officer of the
      ‘operation green hunt’, who is also the first top cop in the history
      of Jharkhand to get promotion after retirement, has promised to make
      his police men the ‘people friendly’. In fact, he knows about how the
      policemen are inhuman in nature, which results in inhuman treatment,
      torture and brutal killing of the innocent people time to time. The
      recent brutal killing of Dhirendra Kumar in Barwada police station
      clearly indicates of how the police stations have become the safest
      place of inhuman treatment, torture and brutal killings.

      On November 16, 2010, the Dhanbad police under the leadership of Nirsa
      DSP Shalendra Prasad Barnwal picked up 26 year-old Dhirendra Kumar
      (resident of Birni village falls under Nawadih police station of
      Dhanbad district in Jharkhand) near Memco More (Dhanbad) during a
      routine vehicle inspection drive alleging him of being a Maoist.
      Perhaps, Dhirendra was returning to his home from elsewhere by his
      motorbike. The police claimed of finding Maoists’ posters in the
      dickey of his motorbike.

      The police took him to Dhanbad Sadar police station and detained him.
      He was also taken to Bhuli police station and later on shifted to
      Barwada police station but nobody knows the reason for detaining
      Dhirendra in three police stations, where he was humiliated, tortured
      and severely beaten. Perhaps, Barwada police station is the safest
      destination of police torture in Dhanbad district therefore he was
      finally detained in Barwada police station after filing a case under
      Section 414 of IPC and Section 17 Criminal Law Amendment Act (CLA)
      alleging him for carrying Maoist posters and possessing a stolen
      motorcycle. However, after intervention of the local people, the
      senior police officers investigated on the matter and found him
      innocent. Subsequently, they had ordered for his release but the
      Barwada police kept him under their custody.

      In the night on November 17, 2010, the Barwada police applied third
      degree torture and severely beaten Dhirendra Kumar till he became
      unconscious. Meanwhile, when his health deteriorated, the police took
      him to a private nursing home for treatment but after observing his
      bad condition, the doctors refused to admit him. Later the police took
      him to another private nursing home but by the time they reached the
      place perhaps he was already dead. So the doctors again refused
      admission in the nursing home. Finally, the police took him to PMCH a
      government hospital, where he was declared dead. In fact, the police
      didn’t take him to the government hospital directly with the intention
      of burying the truth of ill-treatment. Indeed, the people friendly
      police had beaten Dhirendra Kumar to death for merely to score points.
      Of course, there are competitions going on among the police forces for
      hunting a good Maoist, which would ensure them the cash prize, medal
      and promotion.

      However, the inhuman treatment of the people friendly police did not
      end here with Dhirendra Kumar. On November 18, 2010, the police
      started a new operation for destroying the evidence of inhuman
      treatment, torture and beating. The district administration
      constituted a post-mortem team comprising of four doctors, who were
      either pressurized or bribed by the police for burying the truth. The
      post-mortem was conducted and the police were given a clean chit. The
      report describes neither internal nor external injury in the body and
      merely indicates the reason of death as some stomach problem. Amidst,
      when the news of custody death spread in the state, the politicians
      started their politics in the case of custodial killing. 6 members of
      the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly joined hands for the cause. They
      sat in protest demanding for re-post-mortem of the dead body in RIMS,
      Ranchi. They even declared for organising a protest in the Assembly on
      November 22.

      When the police came to know about the political move, they
      intensified their operation for destroying the evidence immediately.
      On November 21, 2010, it was about 8’O clock in the night. The police
      loaded the dead body in a vehicle and reached to Birni village
      secretly. But when the villagers saw the police with the dead body of
      Dhirendra Kumar, they started chasing the police. Suddenly, there was
      hue and cry in the village. Meanwhile, the BJP and JMM leaders put
      pressure on the family members and the villagers for cremation of the
      dead body and they could able to convince Sunder Singh the father of
      Dhirendra Kumar for it. Finally, the tricks of the police worked. The
      dead body was burnt in the night in presence of the police, BJP and
      JMM leaders. The police were relieved after the evidence of their
      inhuman treatment was burnt to ashes. The BJP and JMM played a dubious
      role in burying the issue of custodial killing, which might have
      become the state issue and could have put their government in trouble.

      After the incident, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Arjun Munda asked
      the Home Secretary, Rajbala Verma and the DGP, Neyaz Ahmed to submit a
      report on the case. Subsequently, he declared for the suspension of
      Sahdev Prasad, the officer-in charge of Barwada police station and
      also announced Rs. 2 lakh as compensation to the family of the
      deceased, which was a complete political move to bury the truth of
      custodial killing. Let us not forget, the killing and compensating has
      almost become a tradition in India and perhaps, the justice delivery
      ends with it. Ironically, a case of unnatural death was filed in
      Barwada police station instead of filing a murder case against the
      police officers. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (Dhanbad) Sunil
      Kumar Barnwal has ordered for a magisterial inquiry into the matter
      however nothing will come out of it since the evidences have been
      destroyed. Perhaps, the investigation is just a ritual, which most of
      the governments’ do for fusing the public outcry.

      Obviously, the killing puts one behind the bars in India but it does
      not seem to be applicable to the police officers in the same manner.
      Their punishment for such a heinous crime is either transfer or
      suspension. Thus, they always enjoy impunity and carry on the inhuman
      treatment till they get retirement. This is what exactly happened in
      the case of Dhirendra Kumar. The officer-in-charge of Barwadi police
      station Sahdev Prasad the prime accused of the case was merely
      suspended and the SP of Dhanbad Suman Gupta was transferred and
      another two officers - DSP Shailendra Burnwal and Officer-in-Charge of
      Bhuli police station Harish Pathak were not even touched though they
      were also deeply involved in the case.

      Indeed, Dhirendra Kumar was humiliated, tortured and beaten to death
      by the police men, who were deployed for the protection of the people
      including him. However, instead of punishing the guilty cops, the BJP
      led NDA government has been attempting to shield them. The biggest
      questions here need to be answered are why are the police men not
      punished for taking away the lives of innocent people? Why our police
      officers are so insensitive with the people? Why should the inhuman
      cops be paid the exchequer’s money in the name of security? Why is the
      Indian state not concerned about the rampant violation of the human
      rights? And how long we would allow the inhuman police officers to
      victimize the innocent and enjoy impunity in our largest democratic
      setup? The people friendly police will continue humiliate, torture and
      beat the innocent people to death till we remain the mute spectators.

      Gladson Dungdung is a Human Rights Activist and Writer based in
      Jharkhand. He can be reached at gladsonhractivist@...

      Also available at The South Asian, Sanhati, Jharkhand Mirror

      --
      Gladson Dungdung
      H R Activist and Writer
      Ranchi, Jharkhand
      Ph. No. 0651-3242752
      Mobile No. 09334449335
      Email: gladsonhractivist@...
      Website: www.jharkhandmirror.org


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