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Police officers 'prevented' from carrying out anti-alcohol drive in Jorhat

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Sep 2015 12:00 AM GMT

From a Correspondent

JORHAT, September 6: Crusade against the sale of illegal liquor throughout various unlicensed outlets after a week-long destruction programme undertaken by a newly appointed TSI (Town Sub Inspector) has sent alarm bells ringing among many officers of the Sadar Police Station. People had alleged a nexus of police with anti-social elements of the society. Not contained, the police officers’ lobby is now allegedly using all possible means to oust the TSI from his present position.

Sources from within the Jorhat Police have informed about a Sub-Inspector who rose to prominence after clearing the departmental examition from his first appointment as a havildaar in the police force, is taking the lead to oust the TSI whose effort has been otherwise lauded by senior police officials and the public at large. On the day of appointment of the TSI, the SI with another colleague took official leave after failing to answer the threatening calls of the illegal liquor mafia. Even after rejoining, both the SIs who should have otherwise worked in tandem under the present TSI, allegedly failed to provide logistical support during an anti-alcohol drive. Not only this, the two are also alleged to have informed traders in advance about police action.

The Havildaar turned SI who is almost 10 years junior to the present TSI not only disobeys official instructions but is also alleged to have refrained from presenting the official salute as should be done by every junior police officer in front of seniors. Questions are being raised about the present attitude of the Sub Inspectors who instead of obeying the TSI’s directive, have allegedly created a platform of conflict between the TSI and the illegal liquor den lobby. The lobby has already floated misconceptions about the TSI demanding lakhs of rupees for restoration of business and that the TSI had resorted to total destruction only to pocket illegal money and that the drive itself would have subsided within a day or two. However, the continuing drive exceeding one week filly boomeranged with inputs clearly suggesting the motive of the TSI to make Jorhat free from illegal liquor dens.

A close study of the present situation itself has revealed about the Officer-in-Charge of the Jorhat Police Station Pradip Bora failing miserably in enforcing a disciplined coordition among the officers who are entrusted to keep crime at bay. The OC was, however, very active in the last two years under a different set of TSIs who were reshuffled by Superintendent of Police Amanjeet Kaur. As alleged, OC Pradip Borah through his trusted deputies had a minimum earning of Rs 50,000 rupees per day from petty cases of mobile thefts, domestic violence and issuing threatens to even students and their parents.

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