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DGP to streamline force

- Manipur police chief stresses accountability

Imphal, Dec. 5: Policing the police to make its entire rank and file accountable is Manipur DGP Shahid Ahmed’s top priority.

The objective is to achieve three core duties of the police — timely prevention of crime, speeding up investigations to solve cases fast and to ensure effective maintenance of law and order, the new director-general of police said.

“My emphasis is on professionalism. If we are accountable to law and there is professionalism, policing becomes more effective and people are happy,” Ahmed told The Telegraph today.

By streamlining the functioning of the police, the DGP wants to regain the confidence of the people, who do not consider the state police people-friendly.

Former DGP M.K. Das has gone on record saying the people of the state consider IPS and Manipur police service officers wanting in discharge of their duties.

When this correspondent asked a section of people, they said the police were “corrupt” and “highhanded”.

Ahmed said they would try to establish good relations with people and understand their problems. “At the same time, we will also look into the welfare of the members of the state force,” he added.

The police chief talked tough against drug trafficking, particularly the involvement of state police or Manipur Rifles personnel. The first thing the DGP had done after assuming office on Monday was to suspend a Manipur Rifles jawan involved in drug trafficking.

The jawan, identified as Hollal Haokip, and four others had been arrested on November 27 for carrying 12,68,800 tablets of pseudoephedrine, valued at Rs 20 crore, at Lilong in Thoubal district. They were trying to smuggle the tablets to neighbouring Myanmar through the border town of Moreh, 109km south of Imphal. All five are now in jail.

Pseudoephedrine tablets and other drugs are smuggled to Myanmar for processing of heroin, which is then brought back to Manipur to be smuggled to other parts of the country and abroad through various routes, including the sea route.

“Police personnel who do good work will be promptly rewarded whereas those involved in illegal activities will not be spared,” Ahmed said.

He said all police officers had been sensitised to the need to tackle drug trafficking, which is a serious problem in the state because of its proximity to the Golden Triangle.

“As drug trafficking exists in the state, youths fall victims to drugs. This problem has to be dealt with seriously and firmly,” Ahmed said.