Watch: ‘Shimla Police Nuisance’ on rise: Drunk, bullying, abusive cops becoming common sight
What all policemen and officials must understand and mind is the fact that no one forced them to join police forces if they can’t contain their own frustration and stress to themselves. It must not be unleashed on common people, who are mostly helpless and too scared to raise voice against police misconduct or assaults.
SHIMLA- After receiving regular complaints from people of Shimla regarding growing unfriendliness and unnecessary hostility in policemen/officers of Shimla Police. Himachal Watcher is trying to bring the issue to the attention of HP Police Department and HP Government. All of us would agree that all policemen are not same whenever instances of ‘anti-social’ activities, misuse of uniform, or bullying etc surface media. There are obviously good people who actually deserv police uniform and ranks. We would also agree that job of a policeman is hard and challenging. They serve in harsh conditions and their stress levels are higher than average citizen. However, in case of Shimla Police, such cases are very frequent. We are posting this compilation of instance when Shimla cops turned into gundas and displayed unnecessary hostility or found drunk, creating nuisance, or harassing people for no reason.
What all policemen and officials must understand and mind is the fact that no one forced them to join police forces if they can’t contain their own frustration and stress to themselves. It must not be unleashed on common people, who are mostly helpless and too scared to raise voice against police. Police staff must follow the oath they take while joining duty. The oath clearly says that a policeman must preserve the dignity and must respect the rights of all individuals, to discharge duties with integrity and to promote understanding and conciliation, and to exercise their authority as a police staff in the manner intended by the law. Otherwise, such policemen have choice to quit if they don’t like their job.
Moreover, the police department must take responsibility of monitoring stress levels and mental health of its forces regularly. It is very obvious to develop behavioral abnormalities in cops due to exposure to highly stressful and unpleasing sights and working conditions.
In no way such inappropriate and unethical acts as shown in the video can be justified as people friendly? The policemen used to behave decently, at least, under the command of previous SP Shimla Abhishek Dular. But soon after DW Negi took over the seat, sight policemen and officers equally creating nuisance and indulging in violence.
Recently, Amit Thakur, previous DSP Shimla Traffic Police, was transferred for allegedly indulging in street-fight with cab drivers under influence of alcohol.
A few days later, another drunk officer created nuisance on the Shimla Mall and halted two ambulances carrying patients.
Before that, an informant was beaten brutally by Boileauganj SHO Veeri Singh for giving information about a fatal street fight. The informant was beaten because police reached hours later on scene and did not find anything. He was also transferred after locals protested against such condemnable and criminal act by police officials.
If we go further into previous such incidents then, Shimla policemen were caught on camera beating tourists at the Victory Tunnel in public view and so on.
Despite regular complaints of such instance, Himachal Pradesh Police Department has not taken any step to curb indiscipline and growing anti-social attitude of Shimla police including officers. There is no doubt the capital need new SP, who better and responsible leader.