THOUGH THE UP IPS Association has condemned the attack on Ferozabad district police chief Amitabh Thakur, the trend of officers playing second fiddle to politicians has become a cause of concern in the force.
The Ferozabad incident was also the result of a police officer-politician nexus in the State.
While the association was ready to discuss the Ferozabad attack, Thakur reportedly made desperate damage-control attempts so that his present position was not compromised. He has also not named Samajwadi Party MLA Ramvir Singh Yadav in his report to the government.
When the association sought a copy of the letter, Thakur faxed the text after deleting his signature and removing the letterhead of the SP Ferozabad. The police officers at the general body meeting were shocked to see an unsigned letter on a plain paper.
Sources said Thakur was quite apprehensive that any tough posturing at the association would only adversely affect his career prospects. It was for this reason there was no “unanimity of opinion on the issue”, said an association office-bearer. The officers were also of the view that being the district police chief, Thakur could have taken action against the accused. One officer said the association should come into the picture only when there was harassment of Thakur by the government.
The officers were highly agitated over the incident and wanted to take up the matter at the highest level, but Thakur’s fax letter virtually poured cold water on the whole exercise. “The whole issue proved damp a squib,” said another officer.
The association had no answer to the question of an IG who wanted to know from whom the police officers should seek protection, when they themselves had all the powers.
Thus, the officers turned their ire to politicisation of the force and its resultant effect on the entire IPS cadre. They said the controversial style of functioning of the officers and willingness to follow the diktats of politicians had led to this situation. There appears to be no way for upright police officers to come out of the messy situation. “All that we can do is suffocate,” commented an IG.