Maintaining law and order as well as keeping the people safe is the responsibility of the state police but contrary to this, what comes to fore is that the police department has failed to fulfil the expectations of the people.
The state Human Right Commission has received most of the complaints against the cops which is a matter of serious concern. The information shared by the commission revealed that out of the total complaints received, around 70 percent are against the policemen. Be it demanding bribes or filing false cases the employees have left no stone unturned to harass the people.
The Commission alleged that it has come to notice that incidents of police violation and misconduct are widespread which has tarnished the image of the police department among the commoners.
The official date of the commission depicted that in a period of 32 months from January 2020 to August 2022 as many as 7004 complaints were received. Apart from this, the balance of previous complaints also remained the same every year. During this period, the Commission disposed of a total of 7122 cases.
Divulging above mentioned information, Deep Bhatia, a member of the commission said that over a period of several months, we have been continuously receiving complaints of police atrocities. The complaints against policemen range from corruption to filing false cases and harassment. He further said that out of the total, around 70 percent of the complaints are directly against policemen which is a worrying scenario. Apart from this, there are reports of beating family members of complainants or any other acquaintances in custody. However, in all complaints the policemen are not guilty.
The data revealed that in the year 2020, there was a backlog of 9483 complaints, whereas this year 2501 new complaints were received. Out of the total, 2109 cases were settled down. In the year 2021 and 2022 as many as 11880 and 6987 complaints were in the backlog respectively. Besides as many as 2737 and 1766 fresh cases surfaced and out of the total, as many as 2907 and 2106 cases were settled down in the year 2021 and 2022.