Security personnel patrol in Bhujpura area after a clash between locals and policemen who were attempting to close a vegetable market. PTIThis refers to “Policing the priorities” (June 3). The conclusion drawn in the column is wrong. It is noteworthy that the authority to investigate a case generally lies with the officers of sub-inspector rank and above. In a few states, assistant sub-inspectors investigate petty offences.
Besides investigation, the same officers have to look into law and order, bandobast duties, manage patrolling duties among other things. Also the pay structure differs from state to state. There is a huge gap between the salary of metropolitan city police and state police. There is also the lack of infrastructure in the department.
Many police quarters are in dilapidated conditions. A police officer cannot think about staying in a rented house as he can’t afford it. Still the police perform all duties, most of them without complaining.
S Das, Assam
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