GUWAHATI, Nov 6 � As if the fear induced by the habitual criminals was not enough!
Policemen�s growing affinity towards �criminal acts� is now fast adding to the fear-factor of the common man who is now finding it even tougher to ensure safety of life and property.
The year 2014 has witnessed an increasing number of policemen stepping into the shoes of wrongdoers, casting serious aspersions on the credibility of the men-in-khaki in the State.
This year alone, till September, police stations across the State registered over 80 criminal cases against their own men. This is in addition to nearly 50 cases registered with the National Human Rights Commission( NHRC), the Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the Assam Police Accountability Commission (APAC) against Assam Police personnel this year alone till September, information made available to The Assam Tribune revealed.
These police personnel were among those charged with serious crimes like murder, abduction, robbery, causing disappearance of evidence, wrongful restraint, house trespassing, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery among other offences.
Police officials posted in Dhubri district topped the chart with 20 such cases, followed by Darrang where nine such policemen were charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Assam Police, which usually deals with cases of serious and sensational nature, too registered 11 such cases against those who had allegedly indulged in illegal activities in the garb of policemen.
Guwahati city has recorded six cases against police personnel till August 2014.
The other districts where criminal cases against men-in-uniform were registered this year are Kamrup (2), Nalbari (2), Kokrajhar (7), Jorhat (6), Golaghat (1), Karbi Anglong (3), Cachar (8), Karimganj (1) and Hailakandi (2).
It is not that the dubious distinction is earned by just the thana-level police personnel. A report compiled last year reflected that till March 2013, as many as eight IPS officers and 20 APS officers were booked under various sections of the law.
�We the common man live� at the mercy of the local police station. And if this tend continues where will we go? The police department needs a morality check,� one of the recent victims of reported police highhandedness told this reporter.
A source at Dispur said, �Not just policemen, even Army and paramilitary forces were found indulging in criminal activities, which is a cause of concern. But who will bell the cat?�
A senior policeman, when contacted said, �Like any other department, there will be black sheep among us as well. The trend is certainly not an encouraging one. We need to imbibe in them the sense of pride that is associated with the job.�