TAMIL NADU

Debate on human rights, police

Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: Twenty five Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors and Head Constables, discussed here recently on “Are human rights exploited by anti-social elements to discredit police?”

While 11 of them argued in Tamil that anti-social elements exploited human rights to discredit police, five said they were not. Six of them argued in English that t anti-social elements exploited human rights. Three of them said “no.”

According to R. Elango, Additional Superintendent of Police, the idea is to create awareness among the police regarding human rights Act and sensitise them to work professionally. K. Raja Manickam, Deputy Superintendent of Police, who acted as one of the judges, said that the police personnel should try to get good opinion from the public, their sub-ordinates and their superiors. If there was a problem in dealing with any of the three, then the police personnel would land in trouble.

Damodaran, former Inspector, another judge, said that policemen should act as a professional and discharge their duties.

Veeraiyan, Head constable, Y. Ramalingam, Inspector of Police, and A. Veeramani, Sub-Inspector of police, who argued in Tamil that anti-social elements exploited human rights to discredit police, were selected for first, second and third prizes respectively. Among those who argued “no” in Tamil, Sub-Inspector Selvazhagan, Head constable Govindasamy and Head constable Rajendran got the first, second and third prizes respectively. In the English category, among those who argued “yes,” Inspector of police, Natarajan, Women Sub-Inspector Sharmila and Palanivelu, Sub-Inspector, got the first second and third prizes respectively. Among those who argued “no” in English, Raju, Sub-Inspector, Rani, woman Sub-Inspector and Rajendran, Head constable, got the first second and third prizes respectively.

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