After mounting pressure from the media to bring the murderers of crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey to book, home minister RR Patil on Friday slammed senior police officers over the functioning of the police department and asked them “not to succumb to any sort of pressure and not shield criminals”.
Patil who was addressing senior police officials at a seminar at the police headquarters, said the department needs to develop a common man-centric approach.
“It is necessary that you think why people come to Mantralaya to get their work done. It is because local police are not able to cater to their problems. Police need to get more sensitive towards women and children-related issues,” he said.
He categorically said that no person is above the law and therefore, no individual should be treated favourably over others. He also lashed out at officers who malign other officials in order to secure his/her post.
Talking about the 66% increase in the estimated budget for the police department in 2011-12, Patil said the department needs to allocate the money well in time.
Minister of state for home Satej Patil, who was also part of the seminar, seconded Patil’s views and said the police should use modern equipment while investigating cases and train policemen accordingly.
Additional chief secretary Umeshchandra Sarangi said that, in terms of proving crimes and arresting offenders, Maharashtra fares poorly when compared to other states. “We have planned to link this performance with that of senior policemen through their annual appraisal reports which determines their promotions,” he said.
Dey, 56, who was Mid-Day's editor (special investigations), was shot dead on June 11 by four unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants as he was riding his bike near his residence in Powai.