Over half policemen indisciplined: CM

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 02 August 2012 13:54 IST

Half of the police department would be empty if the government decides to fully discipline the police personnel, admits chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

Parrikar, himself the home minister, spoke against the habit of police officers of abusing their subordinates with filthy bad words, which amounts of mental harassment.

The issue was discussed in the Assembly today when Nuvem MLA Mickky Pacheco raised the issue of a suicide committed by police driver Chandru Gawas due to such harassment, in June last year.

The chief minister informed the House that Gawas, in his dying declaration, had said that he consumed Ratol as he could not more face the abuses and harassment by his senior officers.

Gawas, working with the CID Crime Branch, was not even given leave for his wedding.

Based on the dying declaration of Gawas, the police department has now suspended PI Pravin Vast, whom he had named for continuously harassing with abuses and filthy bad words.

Parrikar also assured to complete the investigations within 60 to 90 days and chargesheet the culprit.

Pacheco, who was also in the custody at Crime Branch for 14 days last year, shared his horrible experiences with the House.

Parrikar said the suicide case has brought to the fore disrespectful attitude of the police officers, which is spread from top to bottom.

“You need to create fear with strict discipline for some while quite a few could be streamlined with proper systems”, he felt.

He however said that the department has many good officers, who need to be encouraged.

The chief minister also expressed concern over the use of Ratol to commit suicides.

“Goa has reported 67 cases of Ratol consumption to commit suicide in one year”, he informed the House.

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