27 January, 2021

Brute Force

A cop is killed by colleagues in khaki, exposing a malignancy

Vijoy Baguy
Brute Force
Through a cruel quirk of fate, Calcutta policeman Bapi Sen, brutally killed by six of his colleagues in khaki for preventing a rape, has become a posthumous role-model for the West Bengal police force. Sen's sacrifice, beyond the call of duty, made the police sergeant a public hero overnight. It also brought into focus the indiscipline and excesses that plague the state police force whereby junior officers heckle with their seniors and blatantly defy orders. This defiance extends even to constables since they are confident they will not be acted against, thanks to powerful Left-backed police unions.

But Bapi Sen's brutal killing has embarrassed even the police. The young sergeant had stopped six drunk Reserve Force policemen, in central Calcutta, from abducting a woman around midnight on New Year's eve. The cops were cruising around in a taxi looking for "fun". Challenged by Bapi, they turned on him and hit him with an iron rod. This, despite the sergeant revealing his identity to his attackers. Even after he collapsed, the drunk policemen kicked him with their boots. Bapi...


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