Victimising the innocent

Dhaka,  Fri,  21 July 2017
Published : 18 Jun 2017, 21:28:30
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Victimising the innocent

No training will be able to motivate the police to live a clean life when the money borrowed or managed by selling land or other property will continue to haunt them. So the need is to remove the reason behind taking recourse to dubious means to realise as much money in as little time as possible, writes Neil Ray
A sub-inspector (SI) of the police was closed to the Jessore Police Lines on Thursday. On the face of it, his offence does not look grave particularly when people have become habituated to such nauseating aberrations on the part of members of the police. He tried to falsely implicate a college teacher as a yaba (drug) pusher. At the time of the college teacher's way back home, he was intercepted by a team of police led by the sub-inspector. At one stage, the SI's source or informer tried to shove some yaba tablets into the college teacher's pocket. The SI thus created a ground for arresting the teacher. This led to an altercation and people gathered there to know what the matter was. They foiled the nasty plan by the SI. Later on, the man in uniform was closed to the police lines. 

Now this follows another such incident that took place only a few days ago also in Jessore. In that case, another SI in plain clothes intercepted a motor cycle driven by a youth with a pillion rider, his friend, accompanying him. No, he did not do so for the pillion riding. All he wanted was to accuse them of drug peddling. He too tried unsuccessfully to forcibly thrust yaba tablets in the pillion rider's pocket. When the bike riders raised an alarm by shouting loudly, local people rushed to the scene. Coming to know about the matter, they caught hold of the cop and informed the police station. A contingent was sent to rescue the errant member of the law enforcement agency before closing him to the police lines. 

The impression is that some members of the police are desperate for lining their pockets, particularly before the festival ahead. They target innocent people for ill-gotten money. Is there any dearth of crimes in this country? If not, why cannot they prove they are after the criminals? There are accusations galore that the accused are absconding so that they cannot be arrested when in fact they move freely in broad daylight under the nose of the police. Again, this happens for the same reason as the innocent are targeted for implication. Lining of the pocket is the sole purpose. 

If law enforcers themselves are driven by such ulterior motives, how can they serve the nation? Even if a very small proportion of them are corrupt like this, they can end up doing enormous harm to society and bringing their organisation to disrepute. Instead of maintaining law and order, these men in uniform deliberately ensnare them in a trap to frame a case against innocent people. This is unacceptable and outrageous. Devoid of professional ethics and integrity of character, they stoop far too low to make a mockery of the rule of law. Their crime is graver than anyone's in the law book. Mere closing them to the police lines will be of no use. Why cannot the agency he belongs to consider him a disgrace? 

In fact, the problem lies with the system of recruitment. If a young man has allegedly to manage speed money to the tune of Taka one million to one and a half million for his selection, he has to resort, when in service, to all foul means to realise the money spent at the time of recruitment. No training will be able to motivate them to live a clean life when the money borrowed or managed by selling land or other property will continue to haunt them. So the need is to remove the reason behind taking recourse to dubious means to realise as much money in as little time as possible.
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