Srinagar, February 28: Joining public outcry against the draconian proposed Police Bill – 2013, a group of former police officers have admitted the several clauses of the bill are anti-people and asked the authorities to constitute an expert panel for revisiting the draft.
Former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, Ali Muhammad Watali in a media interview said that the Police Bill-2013 contained certain clauses, which could be termed as anti-people and needed to be re-drafted. He added that if the authorities intended to empower police force, it should also make clear what safeguards the bill provided to the general public.
“…yes, there are certain clauses which can be termed as totally anti-people and such clauses need to be redrafted. It is the duty of the journalists to highlight the pros and cons of the bill and make people aware of its ill-effects,” Watali said.
Watali said he was not a part of the team, which framed the Police Bill-2013.
Former Director General of Police (DGP), Ashok Bhan said, “Once the Police Bill 2013 is passed, it is going to be there at least for a century as such laws are not made very often. So there is a need to make it people-friendly.”
Bhan said the authorities must understand that the public are showing resentment as they feel the police bill is not people-friendly and he advised them not to pass it in a hush-hush manner,” he said.
The former DGP said people should be allowed the areas in the bill, which they want revisited. “After all people are the ultimate source of power. They should not feel that the Bill has been prepared to suppress them,” Bhan added. KMS