Lake City Press Club, Udaipur; Association of Indian Journalists, Udaipur and Journalists Association of Udaipur have taken up the case of adhoc incidents of misbehavior of police personnel on the check points in the district.
After nearly 18 months of indiscriminant ad hoc cases of police personnel on some check points in Udaipur misbehaving with in transit public, the media of Udaipur joined hands in taking up the matter with the senior authorities.
Members representing all the three associations in Udaipur presented individual memorandums to the District Commissioner of Police on 31 May, highlighting a few cases and suggesting that the senior authorities should take up the matter.
Udaipur SP Rajeev Pachar, after hearing the matter assured that the department will ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.
The memorandums, strongly worded and elaborating a few cases, specially of people (even Media personnel) being stopped at check points even when they are on the way to attend funerals has prompted the SP to give the assurance.
The Memorandums presented to the District SP mentions that during the last lockdown in 2020, the police had earned a lot of respect in the efforts that were put in towards managing the lockdown. Their presence during the tough times then was pacifying and the 24x7 effort has been appreciated time and again. However, during this lockdown, there have been more incidents of commuters being harrassed on checkpoints even when they are outside for conducting their purchase of grovcery, medicine, milkk, vegetables, fruits, etc. More of such incidents have been reported from the southern part of town, especially those falling under Pratapnagar, Hiran Magri and Savina Police station. The personnel on the check points have been rowdy and uncouith in their behavior.
This and many other cases of police misbehaving with the public specially during the lockdown prompted the media fraternity to also suggest in writing, that personnel dealing with the general public, being given some training in communication and empathy. A decent conversation even when stopping people from commuting or checking credentials goes a long way in establishing the trust of the public in the police department.
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