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A few bad apples ruining police’s image: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

If any policeman tries to violate the rights of a citizen, he will be treated like a criminal and strong action will be taken, said Pinarayi.

Published: 15th April 2018 02:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2018 02:40 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan fixes a body camera on a traffic policeman in Kannur on Saturday | PRASOON KIRAN

By Express News Service

KANNUR:  Even when a majority of the police personnel in the state are engaged in commendable service, the acts of some officers are bringing disrepute to the entire force, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The CM made the comments while inaugurating the CCTV cameras installed within the Kannur city police station limits and the installation of cameras in the vehicles of mobile patrolling squads. Members of the traffic police received body cameras at the function. The government will not let the police trample upon the ordinary citizen.

Now, the situation demands that cases should be taken up against the police for murder. The government cannot let this continue. If any policeman tries to violate the rights of a citizen, he will be treated like a criminal and strong action will be taken, said Pinarayi. In investigating and solving cases, Kerala Police are showing remarkable progress these days, he said.

A majority of the officers interact with the public in an exemplary manner. One can show many examples of cops playing their part in many philanthropic activities other than investigating cases. But, there are a few policemen who spoil the good work of others through their dirty acts, ruining the image of the entire force, he said. Such acts are being blown out of proportion by traditional and social media, creating a bad image, he alleged.

What the government is trying to do is to maintain the credibility of the police through strong actions. The government will never accept wrong-doers in the force any more. But, those who take rightful decisions can go ahead with the full support of the government, he said. SP G Shiva Vikram presided over the function, while North Zone DGP Rajesh Dewan, Kannur Range IG Balram Kumar Upadhyaya and DySP P P Sadanandan also spoke.

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