Sub divisional officer (police) Rakesh Vyas has vented his frustration on social media following his transfer on Tuesday from Petlawad (Jhabua) for taking action against rioters.
On Wednesday he asked aloud why only policemen were targeted after any incident, be it rape, murder, riot and no action was taken against politicians.
“Are police responsible for crime? Why not make our country police free and suspend all the police personnel,” he asked sarcastically.
In an earlier post on Tuesday, he said that he would walk the straight path without bothering about consequences.
Policemen in Madhya Pradesh are angry over the removal of Vyas and Babbar, both DSP level officers and one inspector following pressure from RSS-BJP combine over their role in handling communal fare ups in Gandhwani in Dhar district and Petlawad in Jhabua district on October 12.
While the cops are angry, the victims of the two incidents, mainly Muslims, are also aghast over the transfer of the policemen and they fear whether they will ever get justice now.
Vyas and Babbar who was SDOP of Manawar (Dhar) were attached to the IG office in Indore, and so was Petlawad town inspector Karni Singh Saktawad.
The action against the police officials at Jhabua and Dhar is reminiscent of the Balaghat episode that took place last month where the government transferred an IGP and the SP and suspended an additional SP, a town inspector and eight other policemen for allegedly thrashing RSS worker Suresh Yadav.
These officers have the tacit support of their seniors who are peeved over the developments. Several senior officers who did not want to be named said it would be very difficult to maintain law and order if action taken for a criminal act resulted in transfers just because they belonged to the RSS or the ruling party.
“We are and should be guided by the CrPC and IPC and anyone who commits a criminal act is a criminal and he should be treated as such. How could the government favour any group or persons who repeatedly distributing communal harmony in the area?” a senior police official said.
Mohammed Jama, whose shop near new bus stand, Petlawad was set on fire during the communal clash was shocked by the transfer of the cops.
Jama, who sold cutlery items from his shop said, “I’m very unhappy over action against police personnel who were reached the spot promptly and had taken timely action against those who set my shop afire. Now who will investigate my case impartially?” he asked.
The Muslims of Gandhwani where at least seven shops were set on fire by a mob are scared and not willing to come on record. But they too feel that their case would not be dealt with fairly due to the transfers. “Which policeman will now act against them (BJP-RSS)? Everyone loves their job, and the government had clearly indicated that they not want action against their own people,” one of the shopkeepers whose shop was gutted said.
But Jhabua-based advocate Mukul Saxena said given the serious allegations against the policemen, the action against the SDOPs and police station in-charge was correct. “Legally they can’t be on the same post in the same area as investigation in the matter is already begin and their presence could affect the probe,” Saxena said. But Saxena added that a human rights commission or retired judge of the high court should probe the case because an honest probe may not be possible if the police investigates its own officers.
Manawar SDM shifted
The state government has shifted the Manawar sub-divisional magistrate Satyendra Singh to Barwani on Wednesday. Earlier, on Tuesday Manawar SDOP Dheeraj Babbar had been attached to IG office, Indore. District administration handed over Manwar SDM charge to deputy collector Shankarlal Singhade.
October 12: Gandhwani and Pipliya villages in Dhar district witnessed communal clashes. The RSS and BJP leaders protesting over the incident demanded suspension of the SDOP and SDM and tabled their resignations to mount pressure on the government.
October 12: Reacting to communal violence in Dhar, a tazia procession was stopped from going through Sirwi Mohalla in Petlawad town of Jhabua district in the evening. Later, a cutlery shop owned by a Muslim man was set ablaze. While booking 14 men in the matter, the Petlawad police picked up three RSS workers for questioning. Alleging brutal beating of the right wing activists (who were released hours later), RSS and BJP leaders have been demonstrating all across Jhabua demanding suspension of SDOP and Petlawad police station in-charge.
September 25: An RSS worker, Suresh Yadav, who was taken into custody for posting offensive religious remarks over social media, alleged beating by cops in Balaghat. The government suspended seven cops and sacked three home guards. Around 10 police personnel were also booked.
April 8: Communal clashes broke out in different parts of Seoni town following a massive procession to celebrate the Hindu New Year by right-wing activists. Five right-wing men, including a BJP leader, were arrested and later released on bail.