Sunday, November 15, 2009
SPINELESS POLICING AT ITS BEST !!
This is Kolkata where the police close down a police station out of fear. Spineless policing at its best.
The issue: The area happens to be Muslim dominated (now why is this no longer a surprise??). The police, in connivance with Corporation officials and politicians belonging to all (repeat all) political parties engaged in illegal construction in the area.
The decision to shut the gate was taken after Congress supporters laid siege to the police station to protest the crackdown on illegal constructions in the area. Forward Bloc and CPM supporters had raided the police station a week before that on the same issue.
The area is notorious for smuggling and there is a Fancy Market in this area that sells smuggled goods. And not surprisingly, almost all the sellers are Muslims !
But why is the police station closed and why are the police afraid to venture out? How will they protect the normal citizens if they themselves are afraid of the goons?
The issue is that due to diktat of courts the police had to take action against illegal construction in the area. Now, in the first place the police took money from the said people for helping them illegally construct – naturally political goons belonging to all the parties came and threatened the police. Incidentally all the political goons too were Muslims – again not a surprise. However, let me state one thing here – I am not blaming the Muslims here per se, but all the political parties.
If you sup with the devil, and expect the police to help us in times of need – well we will be in for a nasty surprise.
“Instead of shutting the police station and hiding like cowards, the cops should go out and arrest these criminals-turned-promoters who enjoy the backing of political parties. Otherwise, how will we have confidence in them?” asked a teacher who lives in the locality.
Gora Chand Mondal, the director-general of buildings in the Calcutta Municipal Corporation, admitted that Ekbalpore was the hub of illegal construction. “Builders and land-owners seldom seek the CMC’s permission before starting work. Most of the buildings in the area are illegal.”
Local Forward Bloc leader Rehan Khan, one of those who had led the mob that gheraoed (encircle) Ekbalpore police station on November 1, blamed the cops for the spurt in illegal construction. “The police and corporation officials allowed illegal constructions in the first place. They earned their share of bribes by doing that and are now out to render people homeless,” he alleged.
Police commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti had transferred the former officer-in-charge of the police station and his deputy two months ago on the basis of complaints that they were allowing illegal constructions in the area.
Helplessness of the Police:
A senior officer of the Ekbalpore police station — comprising 68 constables, 26 homeguards, a sergeant, 23 assistant sub-inspectors, 11 sub-inspectors and two inspectors — described the builders’ lobby behind the recent incidents as “local versions of the Maoists”.
“The mob that assembled here last Sunday demanded that we allow illegal construction in the area. They tried to force their way in and threatened to lock us up,” he said.
You don’t have to fear the ISI or Chinese or even the Maoists to destabilize India. You just have to look at our own low class Madhu Koda type politicians, corrupt nexus between the political parties, businessmen and police to wreck the fabric of this nation.
And before moving over from here, take another hard look at the closed doors of the police station – the sentinels of our city that are supposed to save us. Over 90% of the police force have out dated guns that don’t even fire and most of them have not had target practice in years.
Lest we forget: An honest and upright police officer DC (port) Mr Vinod Mehta was brutally trapped and murdered in this very area 21 years ago for taking on goons in this area and trying to disrupt their smuggling and anti-national activities. A man Idris Mian was captured who died in police custody but another key accused Moshin remained elusive for a long time.
Mohsin, a key accused in the murder of Deputy Commissioner (Port) of Kolkata police Vinod Mehta and a constable Mokhtar Ali in Metiabruz 21 years ago, revealed during interrogation that with help of ISI, he had in the past shuttled between India and Pakistan despite not possessing any travel document.
I am betting my bottom rupee – any teenager with a mock AK-47 can walk inside any of our police stations in India and see the police take cover that will make Indians proud in 100 meters dash !!! And you are wondering if 26/11 has taught us anything???