Tricky situations keep police on their toes
THE LAST fortnight was undoubtedly tough for the Madhya Pradesh police as the force had to deal with several tricky situations when law-and-order was on the brink. The attacks on churches at various places in the State including Itarsi, Betul and Hoshangabad apart from a prayer assembly in Bhopal within a week had unnerved the police.Updated: Feb 17, 2006 15:14 IST
THE LAST fortnight was undoubtedly tough for the Madhya Pradesh police as the force had to deal with several tricky situations when law-and-order was on the brink. The attacks on churches at various places in the State including Itarsi, Betul and Hoshangabad apart from a prayer assembly in Bhopal within a week had unnerved the police.
The last such incident occurred in Indore at Sharda Nagar church on February 5 and fortunately no such incident occurred thereafter. Meanwhile, the tension in Dhar had reached a flashpoint but the day passed off without major trouble.
Besides, violence during the Jal Upbhokta Samiti elections in many districts including Bhopal were just one of the few of the problems the police had to grapple with. Incidents of firing on police in Sagar, bloody clashes in Bhind, Kolar and
Berasia areas in Bhopal were amongst the other major incidents. No wonder the PHQ heaved a sigh of relief after Valentine’s Day passed off without any major hiccup as ‘moral police’ did not go out of hand else it might have caused embarrassment to the force.
THE HOARDINGS put up by self-professed moral guardians in Indore on the occasion of Valentine’s Day were undoubtedly offensive. Understandably, there was outrage especially at the messages that urged parents to not let their daughters go out on the day because it was not sure that they would return as virgins.
Surprisingly, such offensive messages did not prompt the police and local administration into taking action and they almost turned a blind eye. Otherwise even in case of circulation of pamphlets and posters that are much milder in tone, police lose no time in launching the hunt for offenders.
DACOIT RAMBABU Gadaria once again proved he was neither afraid of the police nor cornered in any sense. With the killing of a Gurjar youth, Avtar, 20, in Subhaspura police station area of Shivpuri the gang has proved that the strong police presence hardly matters for it.
The youth was shot dead because his relative had tipped the police resulting in Pratap Gadaria’s killing. Only recently the gang had abducted railway employees and reportedly released them after receiving a huge ransom.
Tailpiece: New take on ‘police’
EVER HEARD this? Police stands for ‘Pay Otherwise Let ill-mannered Cop Extort’. Harsh it may seem but comes straight from the heart of a man who is exasperated at the hands of the traffic police.
“They are uncouth, never care about laws themselves, extort brazenly and their officials are never bothered when people complain,” he says angrily, obviously busy in propagating this newly coined acronym.
First Published: Feb 17, 2006 15:14 IST