Tragic failure

  • There has been a collective failure to improve police functioning in India
- The Statesman

Jul 14, 2017-

Neither impassioned statements of condemnation, nor detailed “explanations” from the security services can camouflage the incompetence and laxity that enabled militants to carry out their strike that cost the lives of at least six Amarnath pilgrims on Monday night. An overhaul of North Block is overdue, bringing J-K under Governor’s Rule cannot be deferred. Mere cosmetic changes in the state police and the leadership of the central forces in the Valley will not suffice.

Reports from the ground point to a relaxation in security drills when the pilgrims were returning. It defies explanation how an “unregistered” bus could make the better part of the trip, that too after the 7 p.m. “curfew”.Had the militants spotted an unescorted bus, and mounted a few stray incidents to divert the attention of the amateurish forces? India is paying a high price for neglecting its police forces, be it in J-K, across the Maoist corridor, or even in the way it fails to stop gau rakshaks when they unleash their frenzied forays.

Published: 14-07-2017 08:10

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