Saturday, August 08, 2009

DGP for greater emphasis on rule of law

Express News Service First Published : 08 Aug 2009 09:14:40 AM ISTLast Updated :

BHUBANESWAR: Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj has laid a greater emphasis on the rule of law to tackle terrorism.

Comparing the pre and post 9/11 scenario in US, the DGP said it is through a greater application of the rule of law that America prevented recurrence of terrorist incidence. A lawless ambience is taken advantage of by the terrorists, Praharaj told the inaugural ceremony of a day-long seminar on “Human rights and counter terrorist operations,” hosted by the Biju Patnaik State Police Academy and Institute of Social Sciences.

Citing the case of Narayanpatna, where tribal uprising linked with Maoists rocked the State, Praharaj said, there is a need for using force, although within the ambit of law.

Saying that illegality, in the name of individual and group rights, should not be tolerated, the top cop said Maoists take benefit of such demands. The DGP slammed those who tacitly support such subversive forces and said there are cohorts in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack who provide logistics as well as legal support.

Illegality and violence in furtherance of such socio-political objectives is just not acceptable, he said.

The DGP called for a strong judicial process as there is a vast difference between what happens in the police stations and security agencies and what is there in the book.

There are certain laws which are aspirational in nature, he said and called for a change to deal with situations like militancy and Naxalism which are not normal in nature.

Speaking on the occasion, former DGP AB Tripathy said terrorists cannot have human right as they happen to be the biggest threat to a nation. Human rights of families and relatives of policemen killed in the anti-insurgency operations must be kept in mind, said, adding the number of policemen killed in such operations far exceeds loss of defence personnel. Senior fellow of ISS Shankar Sen also spoke.

Narrating their experience in the field, senior officials such as IG Yogesh Bahadur Khurania raised issues of challenges that police face while taking on extremists. He also made a strong call for improving the conditions of those working in the field.

DIG Sanjib Panda stressed on better management of evidence in anti Naxal operations so that police does not face human rights violation slur even in genuine cases.

Kandhamal SP Praveen Kumar said use of tribal women and children as human shields by Naxals are a major challenge for the security agencies. Director, Biju Patnaik State Police Academy Satyajit Mohanty spoke.

A host of senior police officials, judicial officers and civil society members were present.

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