Former Punjab director-general of police PC Dogra has stated that the Indian police force have been working in the interests of politicians.
Delivering a special lecture on "Police-citizen interface", organised by the department of public administration at Punjabi University here on Tuesday, Dogra said the people had a very negative image of the police force because the police in India still had colonial hangover and feudal mindset.
"Despite many amendments over the years, the approach of the police force has not changed much. The real root cause is that the police continue to be governed by the politicians besides their own ulterior motives", he said.
"The threat of frequent transfers continues to deter police officers from performing their duty impartially. Changes in attitude and police reforms can lead to a harmonious police-citizen relationship", he added.
A police officer is the best person to deliver justice if he is given autonomy at the operational level. The police force must be sensitized to be accountable not only to law but to citizens also, he said.
"The mindset of citizens also needs to change as there is a dire need for citizens to respect the law, " he said. Meanwhile, Dr Renu, head of the department, highlighted the need for a healthy interface between the citizen and the police in the context of a citizen-centric administration.