Luckily for criminals in Bihar, the ability to hit the target and seniority don’t go hand in hand in the state’s police force.
Bihar Police Week in Patna exposed on Sunday that just five of 90 senior police officers were able to hit the bull’s eye in a competition for officers from the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) to Director General of Police (DGP).
The majority missed the target altogether. Only 30 per cent of them were satisfactory, scoring more than 50 out of 100 marks — and the state's DGP D.N. Gautam was not among them. He scored only 45.
Additional Director General (law and order) V. Narayanan missed the target and failed to open his account.
“But, on an average the performance of the participants was better than expected. Senior police officers have not undergone training (firing practice) for more than a decade,” said a senior IPS officer on condition of anonymity.
Some participants blamed the firearms for their poor performance.
“Hitting the target with a revolver is easier than with a pistol,” one of the participants said.
Surprisingly, several officers whose names once spelt terror for anti-socials, did not fare well in the shooting competition. Take the case of Bachu Singh Meena, currently posted as Superintendent of Police, Purnia. Meena, who earned popularity for taking tough action against Rashtriya Janata Dal MP from Siwan Mohammad Shahabuddin, finished with just 12 marks. The police operations led by Meena at Shahabuddin’s village, Pratappur, a few years ago, is still fresh in the minds of the people.
DIG, Purnia, Sunil Kumar Jha along with Patna Senior SP, Amit Kumar, Saran SP Sanjay Singh and Sitamarhi SP Ajitabh Kumar were adjudged the best shooters with full marks. DIG, Shahabad Range, A.K. Ambedkar, however, failed to hit the target.
ADG (headquarters) Neelmani, however, shot like a typical marksman and bagged full marks (100). Deputy Inspector General, Central Range, Jitendra Singh Gangwar scored 65.
Sources said that several officers did not participate in the competition out of fear of being exposed. About 40-45 per cent officers were declared average.