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To sir, with scorn!

THOUGH THE assault on Farrukhabad district police chief Rahul Asthana by his own colleagues on Wednesday is unprecedented in UP police history, senior police officers have been getting it from there juniors from time to time, demonstrating a rising trend of insubordination in the force.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 01:19 IST
M Hasan

THOUGH THE assault on Farrukhabad district police chief Rahul Asthana by his own colleagues on Wednesday is unprecedented in UP police history, senior police officers have been getting it from there juniors from time to time, demonstrating a rising trend of insubordination in the force.

Juniors have always found some way or the other to vent their pent-up feelings.
And the wireless sets have always come in handy for the purpose. There had been quite a few instances when juniors had taken recourse to the gadget to shower choicest of abuses on their seniors, said an ADG.

A case in point is the incident involving IG zone Meerut Dharamvir Mehta, who later retired as DGP. In 1991, he was travelling to Pauri Garhwal when he started getting abuses on his wireless set. When Mehta threatened to take action, the cop on other side simply said, “action to tab lega jab wapas ayega (you will take action when you will come back). Nothing happened, as the cop could not be identified.

Then there had been other cases too, though different in nature and magnitude. In 1990, SHO Meerut Mangal Singh was shot at in the police station by a constable. Singh had reportedly abused the constable.

Similarly, in 1993, inspector kotwali Bareilly KK Gautam beat up and arrested a constable attached to IG zone CD Kainth on the charge that he had come to collect money for “saheb”. A few years ago PAC personnel badly thrashed the platoon commander of 11th battalion in Gomti Nagar.

Many still remember the gory killing of a Mathura SP by a head constable, who was enraged over the denial of leave to him.

While the politician-cop nexus has further worsened the situation, IPS officers are no less responsible for the increasing indiscipline in the department.

Because of the nexus, the SHOs have become “subedars” in their areas and are known to take instructions from their political mentors directly, often ignoring the district police chief altogether.