24 September, 2020

Dark Facts Behind The Men In Khaki

A recently released study by a senior cop unmasks the bias that infects the police during communal riots

Dark Facts Behind The Men In Khaki

DURING the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Taran Gujral, a Punjabi writer and principal of a Kanpur college, discovered the bitter truth quite by accident. She realised, perhaps for the first time in her life, how misplaced her faith in the police force was. Her locality was surrounded by a frenzied mob and an armed attack was imminent. She telephoned the police control room for help. The response was derisive laughter and a curt "Hum bhi Hindu hain (after all, we too are Hindus)".

The account of a hapless lady's experience in the face of a grave threat to her life and property is only one of the many shocking stories about partisan policemen that Vibhuti Narain Rai, inspector-general, BSF, unearthed during a path-breaking research project that confirmed his worst fears. His conclusion: the police force does indeed suffer from a pronounced communal bias during riots.

The man in khaki is the most visible, if not always the most potent, symbol of State power. Under the rule of law, it is his job to protect every citizen, no...



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