BAIHATA CHARIALI, Aug 28 - �Public cooperation and support is vital for peaceful maintenance of law-and-order in the society. Sometimes it is seen that without the active involvement and support of the public, the people responsible cannot run the administration properly,� said Mukesh Sahay, Director General of Police (DGP), Assam in the open meeting of the annual session of the citizen committee of North Guwahati (Gauripur) police outpost held at the auditorium of North Guwahati College yesterday.
Participating in the session as the chief guest, the DGP said that since the people of Assam are cooperating with the police administration to curb anti-social activities, the overall situation of the State is peaceful now. No untoward incident took place on the eve of the Independence Day this year.
Delivering a speech on the occasion, Nekibur Zaman, senior advocate of Gauhati High Court said that the citizen committee of police stations in the State was first formed on July 7, 1996 at the Panbazar PS under the leadership of the then Director of Police of Guwahati city with an aim to establish good relations between the police and the public, removing wrong impressions of the general people about the police etc. This was done so that the police is able to get the support and cooperation from all sections of the people during investigations to fight anti-social activities in the society. The senior advocate also said that though there are a number of skilled officers in the Assam Police but they cannot utilise their skill and talents properly since they have to do additional work like VIP duty etc. Zaman called upon the higher authority of the police administration not to give additional load of duty to the same person.
In his lecture, Kuladhar Saikia, Special DGP (Law and Order) said that after the formation of citizen committee of police station in 2001, he had launched another scheme titled, �Project Prahari� to make the people aware about witch-hunting in tribal-dominated Kokrajhar district, which also received immense positive response from the masses.
The open meeting was held under the chairmanship of Pankaj Choudhury, president of the citizen committee, in which Superintendent of Police, Kamrup (R) district, Partha Sarathi Mahanta, SDPO of Rangiya Pranab Pegu, OC of Changsari PS Upen Kalita, including a number of social workers, bank, forest and education officers also participated.
The committee also released the souvenir of the session, Nagarik in the open meeting. Earlier, the president hoisted the flag of the committee and smriti tarpan was performed by Bhadreswar Pegu, I/C of North Guwahati (Gauripur) police outpost.