That the Police should work according to the Constitution and not by the mandates of political parties was a common refrain by retired cops at Sunday’s memorial service for sub-inspector Tapas Choudhury, who was gunned down at a riot at a Garden Reach college on February 12.
Officers gathered at Metro Channel on Sunday evening to express their solidarity with the bereaved family of sub-inspector Choudhury.
Pranab Mukta Ghosh, retired deputy commissioner of Kolkata Police said, “We want out boys to work according to the Constitution, as they are supposed to, and not under the influence of any political party or the government. Politics must never interfere with our work.”
“We are not here to make political statements. I feel politics should stay out of the workings of the police force,” Ghosh added.
Some, like working inspector of the Armed Forces Sisir Banerjee, agreed with Ghosh, but also criticised the media for inciting resentment against the police force. “Everyone says the Kolkata Police has lost its morals and power to perform. This is not true, and we are still working with full zeal,” he said.
Ghosh and his former colleagues, like retired assistant commissioner (detective department, Gadaichand De, had called for the meeting via Facebook.
“No one was taking the initiative to organise a public homage for our slain officer, so I decided to call for the meeting, which was necessary, to stand by the family. This is not a platform to blame anyone, we just want to support Choudhury’s family,” De said.
Choudhury had worked under De for two years at the detective department and was a close-aide of his.