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Poor need compassion, not lathis, don't mistreat them: IPS officer's message to sub-ordinates wins hearts

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Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

BHOPAL: Just when videos of policemen thrashing a woman in Khandwa, flashed on TV channels, a Telangana police officer's message to his sub-ordinates won hearts across the country on social media.

In his message, Commissioner Anjani Kumar, an IPS officer, reminded his juniors that they were dealing with citizens and must not act with highhandedness. "We have thousands of people who earn on a daily basis and we are responsible towards them. They need your compassion, not lathi. I request you, don't mistreat them", he said.

"May be they go out to get food for kids, get them help through municipality, private donors. help a starving man feed. If he comes out and we hit him, it's unfortunate. It hurts our dedication", Kumar further added in a speech (video) that is being shared widely on social media. 

He went on to say that there are around 10,000 cops in Hyderabad are working so hard but if 10 misuse 'lathi,' then it affects the work of those 10,000 cops. So my dear officers, whenever there is an issue, crisis in country, there is an opportunity to show our compassion too".

Many people shared the video on Twitter and other social media platforms. There were users who wrote that they wished, top cops in MP too could take lead and give a similar message so that policemen could be restrained in their approach and stop beating up people, without caring about dignity of individual and the most basic human rights.

In fact, Khandwa was not the lone such incident, as there have been similar instances and reports from other districts too in recent times. A policeman beating up people in a video purportedly from Gwalior-Chambal region had also went viral. Earlier, lawyer Deepak Bundele too had written to chief minister, urging that the policemen must not harass citizens.

If any norm is violated, there should be penalty slapped on the person or action but brutality should be out of question in any civilized society. Now, with Anjani Kumar's video getting shared widely, will MP police take lead and officers would come forward to show a humane face of the State force?

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Journalist for more than 20 years. Had started his career with National Mail in the nineties. Worked as Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, as an Assistant Editor with DB Post, later Contributing Editor with The Huffington Post, writes for First Post, The Wire, Newsd & several other major publications.