The ongoing controversy and blame games have damaged the image of Mumbai police, Mumbai Police is considered to be one of the best forces in the country. They have handled many situations and cases that most of the country has not even faced. The constant underworld threat to terror attacks, Mumbai has seen its worst but stood back with double spirit just because its police boosted the morale of the people by handling every law-and-order situation with the utmost integrity.
Once upon a time, people from all classes used to join the force slowly it stopped. Gradually political interference kept on increasing, some cops joined hands with certain gangsters as well as they started taking money from them and above all huge corruption in traffic police compromised the image of Mumbai Police.
I don’t know who spread this rumour that we are second in the world after Scotland Yard. Corruption has killed us and to make matters worse IPS officer kept coming on deputation who had neither compassion for the city nor the knowledge about locals. Nevertheless, the fact remains Police are corrupt, criminal in uniform above all they are inclined to political masters.
The fact is all the government departments are corrupt to various extents. Ranking wise the police department is said to be at 16th rank. That means there are 15 more departments that are more corrupt than the police department. Corruption has always been the part and parcel of our way of life, the British rulers made it a fine Art and people like Lord MacAulay and Lord Wellesley are testimonies to that, the civil services and the Babudom wrapped in red tape made it easy for the government servants to seek Baksheesh and Mamool from the common man.
Police appointments and postings are always political and not merits. A good honest cop is considered to be a liability on the system and even the public starts hating him for upholding the law. Police officers are subservient to their corrupt political masters. They are not allowed to function with freedom earning a bad name for them.
Almost all junior-level police hiring is done on recommendations of politicians. The new hires then consider themselves answerable to the politician and not the system. Most recruits pay for getting into the police and are looking for a good return on investment. With power and guns in their hands, policemen at times think they are Gods. Courteous language and mannerisms are not something you can associate with the police.
Money flows like water to frame the case to suit the person with the biggest pile of cash on the negotiating table. The game changes based on the quote by the highest bidder. The guiding principle being: “I scratch your back and you scratch mine.” Once the investigation is complete, there are marathon sessions to judge the potential fallouts of the case on the personal and professional level of the concerned stakeholders. Higher the stakes, the higher the value assigned to the culprit.
Fixers work behind the scenes and manipulate the entire process: evidence gathering, forensics, witness manipulation, etc. Justice is an abstract concept for law enforcement agencies. The show must go on … In the end, everything boils down to the settlement.
The Maharashtra Police department has the most corruption complaints against it among 44 state government departments in the bribery list released for 2019 by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB). This is for the first time after 2013 that the department earned the dubious distinction of making it to the top of the bribery list. The corruption bureau has registered 194 cases against the police department and arrested 269 corrupt personnel. Additionally, the revenue department, in second place on the list, has 190 cases registered against its officials and employees and 259 individuals from the department have been arrested in these cases. Third on the list are local bodies – Panchayat Samitis with 90 cases; Maharashtra State Electric Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) and municipalities with 47 cases each.
Who are not corrupt and who is not honest? Various factors such as the influence of political leaders, underworld threatening, senior officials, etc surface as hurdles to cross over in discharging duties by the law enforcing agencies. Putting blame straightway is not justice to their functioning!!! Instances of involvement of bigwigs in compromising investigations cannot be ruled out.
The life of a police person is very tough in India. If you talk of local police it’s miserable. They are not a simple person but being the shock absorber between the superiors and the foot soldier he or she is targeted from both sides. They hardly can enjoy social life unless posted at peaceful Thana. Taking care of their family is more difficult for them.
Now come to organisations like CBI here the life is somewhat comfortable but heavily loaded with work. The supervisor and courts make them work like a donkey for their comforts. They have to bear all the stress of investigating a crime and facing the courts as a rep of CBI. The leaves from work are difficult and work is more duplicate in nature. Indian police need reform and they should be kept away from political influences.