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Recent court verdicts show changing mindset

"Nobody in the past imagined that influential people could get convicted, reports Faisul Yaseen.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 21:41 IST

Citing the example of recent court verdicts, Additional Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, Kuldeep Khoda on Saturday said mindset of the people in the country was changing.

Speaking over the seminar 'Civil Defence as an instrument of community policing' Khoda who was the chief guest on the occasion said nobody in the past imagined that the influential people who were getting convicted today could.

He was apparently mentioning the cases of Sanjay Dutt and Priyadarshani murder convict Santosh Singh. "Mindsets make and mar the society," he said adding that some outdated laws needed to be changed and Civil Defence be allowed to play a wider role.

Earlier, Commissioner Vigilance Ashok Bhan who was the chief guest for the first session of the seminar called for devising alternate communications in the Civil Defence to tackle the disasters.

"Police is nothing without community intelligence. Community is our eyes and ears. Police public partnership has been a long tradition and Civil Defence has lately got associated with it," he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Inspector General of Police Homeguards and Civil Defence, Navin Aggarwal said Civil Defence has long been helping
the state from the external aggression, at the time of disasters, protecting from getting sabotaged and keeping up the public morale in terms of crisis, wars and natural calamities.

In his speech, Hindustan Times, J&K Bureau Chief, Dr Arun Joshi pointed out the success of Voluntary Defence Committees (VDCs) and the Special Police Officers (SPOs) in helping the people living in far-flung areas save themselves from the wrath of terrorists.

"The VDCs and SPOs were basically the ideas of civil defence, which have been so fruitful," he said.

Talking about his personal experiences of how a friend of his in the south Kashmir district of Anantnag had started a campaign by educating the educated people to help stop the mysterious fires in the area which gutted many houses every now and then in sixties. "What he did was civil defence and everyone of us have to play a role like that.

We've to inform a person driving a car while talking on a mobile phone how dangerous it is. Everyone of us has to do his bit," Joshi said.

Assistant Professor Jammu University Renu Nanda in her speech said that the role of the Civil Defence had become all the more important these days with the increase in the crime graph and disasters like Tsunami and recent earthquakes occurring the region.

Later, Khoda gave away mementos to Manik Arora of the SPMR Commerce College and, Anchal Sharma and Shikha Charak of the Government Women
College Gandhi Nagar.

The three had secured the first three positions in the inter-college debate competition. Arvind Kumar, Jugal Mahajan, who is associated with the Civil Defence since last 48 years and Ganesh Gupta also spoke on the topic.

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