As incidents of insubordination, attack on a senior officer by a junior staff, are becoming almost a frequent affair in the police department, another such incident was reported from Basavanahalli police station on Saturday night.
An assistant police constable of the District Armed Reserve Police, PS Anand, attacked his superior officer, sub-inspector Vasudeva, beat him up and threatened to kill him. The incident happened four days after Anand was deputed to Koppa for election duty by Vasudeva. It appears that Anand had resentment over the deputation and had requested the department to keep him in Chikmagalur town police station limits for personal reasons. But, since the police force were falling short of hands, Anand’s request was not heeded and the reserve police inspector had directed him to honour the deputation order.
According to police higher officials, Anand had previous record of atrocities against his own colleagues and was known to drop the name of politicians whenever somebody questioned him over his behavior.
Anand was asked to come to Chikmagalur town police station, where there was an inquiry conducted by the higher officials over a previous act of indiscipline.
“He had been a perpetual offender and was highly undisciplined. He was arrested and produced before the magistrate and has been remanded to judicial custody for two days and has been charged under sections 448, 353, 332, 504, and 506. I am sure on Monday, he will be suspended from service to make way for legal procedure to take over,” superintendent of police, Chikmagalur district, N Shashikumar told DNA.
Recurrence of such incidents, a matter of concern
The police top brass, though dismissed such incidents as cases of indiscipline and insubordination, were worried of the recurrence of such incidents. A sub-inspector was shot down in Bangalore over a matter as trivial as granting of leave.
A senior officer in the home ministry told DNA, on conditions of anonymity, that the police force has a serious shortage of men and many of them in the lower ranks do not get even their weekly offs due to duty pressure. Though the home ministry was bragging about the recruitment drive, it was taking too much time and in the intermittent period, many policemen get stressed by work related pressure.
A traffic duty of one hour on the roads of Bangalore was equivalent of smoking 10 cigarettes, of course sans the kick, says a police constable belonging to Rajajinagar police station. He stands in a traffic island at the intersection of 80-feet-road and Dr Rajkumar Road. Due to shortage of personnel, many times the policemen attend to their duties continuously for three weeks. During the movement of the VIPs in the cities, times of election, high alert and many other occasions like public meetings, rallies, communal situations the brunt of pressure is taken by the policemen.
The most outrageous thing that has been noticed by the public is that many former dons, swamijis, persons belonging to the religious fringe groups and persons with questionable antecedents, whose security was on jeopardy, were given police protection. In a city like Mangalore, over 20 policemen were assigned to provide security to private people. To meet such shortage of hands, the policemen on duty were made to over work, which sometimes ends up in clash with the superiors on routine matters like leave, offs and deputation.