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Cop for better ties with people

Dumka, Jan. 29: Deputy inspector-general (Santhal Pargana) Dadan Ji Sharma, recently decorated with a Centre’s medal for meritorious service, has advocated improved relations between the police and people to foil attempts of criminals to cripple law and order.

As many as 16 policemen from Jharkhand, including Sharma, were named for prestigious medals awarded by the Union home ministry on the eve of Republic Day.

The DIG, a 1981-batch recruit of Bihar Public Service Commission, attributed his award — police medal for meritorious service — to his commitment to secure justice for the masses in various capacities during his career.

“The fact that I am recognised as above average can only be justified by the level of satisfaction expressed by those I have served. I have always remained focused toward this end and tried my best to ensure security and justice,” he told The Telegraph.

Sharma said the medal for him was a matter of pride but it also reinforced his sense of responsibility in future.

While he was commandant of home guards between 2005 and 2007, the DIG took steps to improve the service conditions of the jawans and improve infrastructure facilities.

Sharma was promoted to the IPS rank in 1998. As superintendent of police (vigilance), he was also involved in investigations into the infamous recruitment fraud of JPSC examinations.

He has been deputed as SP (traffic) in Ranchi and at the police training centre in Padma, Hazaribagh.

Asked about infiltration of Maoists from neighbouring states including Bihar and Bengal, Sharma said the police were able to keep their activities in check to a large extent but porous international borders remained a concern.

He hit out at the rebels, saying they lacked an ideology and that the CPI(Maoist) was an organisation of goons engaged in blood-shed for making money.

“It is known that Maoists establish their dens only in areas where they can collect huge levy from farmers, contractors and entrepreneurs to establish a reign of terror by targeting the police and common people,” Sharma opined, adding Maoists were no less than anti-national forces.

The DIG also took strong exception to the role of rights whistle-blowers for making an outcry about anti-Naxalite operations but remain tight-lipped on police casualties during Maoist attacks.