For the second time in two months, the police forces of two states clashed on Tuesday over the arrest of an individual in a high-profile case. In the primary case in May, Punjab Police sought to arrest Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga for alleged threats issued to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, however was thwarted by its counterparts from Haryana and Delhi. In the second case, Chhattisgarh Police traveled to Noida to arrest Hindi tv journalist Rohit Ranjan. Mr Ranjan instantly tweeted to Uttar Pradesh Police, which arrested the anchor and thereby blocked the efforts of Chhattisgarh Police to take the journalist into custody for misattributing a press release by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
It is value noting that the forces of the 5 states – Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh – concerned within the two incidents appeared to behave on the behist of the political events that managed the administration of those provinces. It can also be value noting that regardless of India’s unlucky historical past of politicisation of the police, unseemly scenes of the forces clashing bodily with one another, or intercepting one other drive’s convoy on the freeway marked a brand new low.
The two incidents supplied a sobering view of the state of police reforms in India, 16 years after the Supreme Court issued a landmark set of instructions to divorce regulation enforcement from political issues. In brief circuiting due course of and deliberate justice-dispensing mechanisms, the police forces acted as mere proxies of their political masters, and cemented the disturbing pattern of the state utilizing the powers of arrest as an intimidation tactic on individuals. Without moving into the deserves of the instances towards Mr Bagga and Mr Ranjan – the costs are severe, advantage thought of investigation and lift deeper questions concerning the state of the media and polity right now – it’s clear that administrations do not hesitate to make use of the police forces beneath their management to settle political scores and convey the overwhelming powers of the State to stymie the person. It additionally underlines the pressing want for political events and governments to seek out frequent floor for police reforms, and for the civil society and public to place stress on elected representatives to kind clear pointers for inter-state police motion and finish the cycle of one-upmanship .
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