Attacks on policemen seem to have become the order of the day in the state. Though the killing of IPS officer Narendra Kumar has turned the focus on the daredevilry of mining mafia, such attacks have become commonplace.
The seriousness of the situation could be gauged from the fact that as many as 65 policemen including 20 IPS and IAS officers sustained injuries in such attacks in the last year alone.
Apart from the killing of Morena IPS officer, attack on an additional SP (ASP) in Bhind and killing of a constable and a serious attack on a sub-inspector of police in Khargone in the last two days prove the point.More disturbing is the fact that the state government has let down its own police force on many occasions. In a recent incident, 10 policemen of Kamla Nagar police station here were assaulted by a group of RSS activists.
The activists had barged into the police station and roughed up the policemen. Adding insult to injury, the 10 cops were later suspended. Further, the case was registered against the policemen. After the issue rocked state assembly and the police brass felt the simmering anger among its personnel, the suspension was revoked.
According to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, as many as 82 policemen were injured and three killed in the state in 2010.
The report said that one cop was killed in anti-dacoity operations, two were killed by criminals, 64 police personnel received injuries in attacks by criminals and 18 were attacked by riotous mobs across the state.
Even in Bhopal, more than 25 incidents of assault on cops resulting in serious injuries to 65 policemen were reported between January 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012. However, so far not even one of the many accused in these incidents has been convicted.