Why was the other side of Koppal incident not highlighted, asks B.V. Bommanal

Retired Deputy Superintendent of Police B.V. Bommanal has urged the media, particularly the electronic media, not to focus only on one aspect of an issue, as it would mislead the people.

Speaking after being felicitated at the Karnataka State Police Flag and Welfare Day programme at the Police Parade Ground here on Saturday, he referred to the incident in Koppal where a few agitating labourers were beaten up by the police.

Manhandling of officials

“Indeed, the action of the police is not acceptable, but at the same time, the media should have highlighted a few members of the farmers' association barging into the police station and trying to manhandle the police officials on duty,” he said.

Authorities' neglect

Mr. Bommanal said the incident could have been avoided if the authorities had heeded the grievances of the labourers, and distributed their wages on time.

‘Be polite'

He called upon police officials to be polite while dealing with people. “Many critical situations can be handled effectively through interactions, and in most cases the use of force is not warranted,” he said.

‘Extend scheme'

Thanking the Police Department for honouring him, Mr. Bommanal urged the Government to extend the Arogya Bhagya scheme even to retired police officials.

Earlier in his address, Superintendent of Police M.N. Nagaraj said that the Government had spent Rs. 29 lakh under the Arogya Bhagya scheme for police officials in the district.

He said the department was regularly conducting free medical check-up camps for police personnel.

The department had opened a centre for free computer training for children of police personnel, a tailoring centre, and a flour mill at the police quarters here, he added.

In-charge Deputy Commissioner A.S. Nirvanappa spoke.

Additional Superintendent of Police U. P. Shivaram Reddy and several district-level police officials were present.

Several police battalions participated in the parade, while some 20 retired officials were felicitated.

‘Maintain health'

Bellary Staff Correspondent writes:

A colourful parade was held by the District Armed Reserve Police, and 17 police personnel, who were felicitated on attaining superannuation, marked the observation of Police Flag Day here on Saturday.

G. Gooleppa, retired Police sub-Inspector, who was the chief guest and took the salute, said that police personnel earned the same respect even after retirement, and exhorted police to discharge their duties sincerely. He also underlined the need for the police personnel to accord priority towards maintaining good health.

Presiding over the function, Chandragupta, Superintendent of Police, wanted the police to be people-friendly while discharging their duties and strive hard to maintain peace and law and order.

Public cooperation

He also sought the cooperation of the public in this regard.

Making an appeal to police staff to make best use of the welfare schemes announced for maintaining their health, he said adequate amounts were also being released from the Police Benevolent Fund for the purpose.

  • 'Koppal incident could have been avoided if authorities had distributed wages on time'
  • The Government has spent Rs. 29 lakh under Arogya Bhagya scheme for police officials