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Are Indian Cops Braindead? May 21, 2008

Posted by astralwicks in crime, india, Politics, terrorism.
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Two unrelated but gruesome crimes of the past fortnight throw some interesting light. The Jaipur bomb blast and the murder of Arushi Talwar in Noida (UP) are prime case studies of police ineptitude.

The Jaipur blast is a terrorist attack. Doesn’t matter who did it. After the Jaipur blast, the NSG (National Security Guards) was rushed to the city. The local cop there said that RDX, at least a KG, according to him was used in the blast. Within hours of the blast news channels were of the opinion that ammonium nitrate was used. They also found 1 bomb that didn’t go off. RDX, it was again announced. Now after a week, the NSG says that RDX was not the prime component…it was ammonium nitrate!

Why do they have to shoot their mouths so quickly? Sometimes my meager mind thinks that it’s all a grand strategy to throw the terrorists off-track. To confuse and capture or some such brilliant move on the part of our much misunderstood and criticized cops. But no, they stand true to their standards of inefficiency.

The cops also released sketches of the supposed perpetrators. None of them matched with the descriptions given by shopkeepers who had sold them cycles, the vehicle for the blasts. The sketches have been done and re-done thrice. The cops are now saying that this time they have called in ‘experts’!!! Why weren’t the experts called for so long? And pray when will they be used? What are they doing if not drawing sketches of perpetrators of a terrorist attack?

Who is the amateur here? Not the terrorists for sure. They do reconnaissance, plant their weapons and disappear. Our cops are twiddling their thumbs. These guys are professional and motivated with a zeal…to harm people. Are we motivated to prevent and failing which to catch them. I don’t think so. It looks like a spoof, a la, Pink Panther.

Similar stupidity with the Arushi Talwar murder case. After her body was discovered the cops announced a missing servant to be the prime suspect. A day later an ex-cop visits the victim’s house, finds hand imprints on the wall which leads to the terrace, where the missing servant’s body is lying.

The recent Chandigarh murder care has a similar modus operandi…on the police’s part. Blame the missing servant. This time it was even funnier. The Punjab cops announced that a body discovered close by was of the servant (exact reverse of the Noida case). A day later…voila, he resurfaces.

Do we have something called Forensic experts? It doesn’t seem like that. There is one in Hyderabad. For a country with a billion strong population under the weight of terrorism and other social crimes, there is 1 recognized crime lab! What are people thinking in this country? For the Scarlette Keeling murder case, her viscera was sent to Hyderabad and Bombay because Goa has no specialized lab.

We have the centuries old excuse on our side…India is a poor country. Can’t afford roads, water, electricity, health, social benefits. Who will believe this any more? In the year of Mayawati in UP there have been almost 500 cases of rape, murder and assault on the Dalits, the people she ostensibly represents. It tells a tale that is too obvious. We don’t care.

Countries spend billions to make nuclear arsenals…all in the name of deterrence. The lack of infrastructure, zeal and corruption does just one thing…provides inspiration to the criminal…wannabe and professional.



1. myexpression - May 21, 2008

its really sad… we lack in ethics, morals and human values as a country, as a civilization… i’m almost seeing this as a genetic disorder. this callousness is every where not only police walas… we are blotches of fungus… uhhh… i’m ashamed…

2. gudus - May 21, 2008

Tthulla – a commonly used term to refer to a cop, esp in the northern region of India, def – him whose brains are in the knees

I feel cop bashing comes very easy to all of us, and I’m not sure it’s correct. We base a lot of our views on newspaper reports, who really aren’t the most objective when it comes to reporting. Its easy for them too to blame things on the cops.

3. astralwicks - May 21, 2008

There is a systemic lapse which is obvious. They don’t have high pay-scales and therefore are not motivated. But that can’t become their excuse. So does the army. What if they are as lax? Without the irresponsible newspaperwallahs also We I think have witnessed enough incidents that reveal their high-handedness, indifference and inefficiency. Imagine, 1 lab of high-quality in India. And objectivity is not expected of media, print and electronic any more. Look at all the tabloids that we have in the name of news – channels and you get the picture.

4. gudus - May 21, 2008

I agree there is a lapse, inexcusable. Your points are valid. I have a problem with myexpression’s sweeping ‘we lack in ethics, morals and human values as a country, as a civilization…’ though.

5. astralwicks - May 21, 2008

yes i agree. myexpression makes comments borne out of anger and frustration which touch the extreme.

6. chaubey - May 22, 2008

Police reforms are long long long due.. the truth is that our police investigations are carried out in exactly the same manner as they were in the 1800s.. get a suspect, beat the fuck out of him till a confession.. Leave alone forensics, the whole of Bihar, chhatisgarh and orissa have one fingerprint lab.. the cops are of course paid shit.. i’ve seen cops accept bribes in bihar so they can fill gas in their police vehicles and do their duty.. We have the money for police reforms but if they are to happen, a lot of bureaucrats will have to shed their power.. police reforms are being resisted not by politicians but by babus.. Indian bureaucracy is its worst enemy, bigger than terrorism even..

7. BubbleOnFire - May 22, 2008

Arushi case is a mess. They’re now suspecting her parents and also a 14 year old friend of hers who made several calls to her that day. Its just a guessing game going on. No proper investigations or forensic reports as you mentioned.

On a side note, I read your post in the Mumbai Mirror newspaper, congrats on that.

8. astralwicks - May 22, 2008

@chaubey – IMO most of the wings like judiciary, executive in the country are subservient to the government in power. no organisation including the CBI is autonomous, who have the freedom to conduct an investigation without favouring one or the other. this has led to rampant corruption – in fact collusion between all the corrupt, across political parties, group caste and religious affiliations.

With the Arushi case, the cops are under pressure. So everybody is a suspect, which is the 1st rule of investigation. But everybody getting harassed. That’s human rights abuse. But cops in India perform worst in the sensitivity index.

@bubble on fire – did you watch ndtv last night. a good battle with the uncle of Arushi ripping apart the media who are hounding the family for bytes.

And thankfully everybody discussed the unlimited access granted to all and sundry to the crime scene. Do we even have the ‘yellow tape’ to cordon off crime scenes? everybody walking all over the evidence!

Or is it western influence – too bad for India and Indians?

9. gudus - May 22, 2008

you think this new ‘federal bureau’ thing being touted now will be able to be free of government interference? tough…

diverting a bit, did you read the news about Germany offering black money data of the indian bank accounts in Liechtenstein, and India has just kept mum about it all…whereas US, the UK, Canada, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Ireland have already made use of the offer…fucking crazy man!!

10. astralwicks - May 22, 2008

The Federal Bureau is not the only solution. That is why local state governments are opposing it.

It is with the local cops – who should want to protect their communities from all and any harm – man-made or otherwise.

But even that is not possible in India. You are a yadav and the victim is a bhumihar…or vice versa. You will enjoy the other’s misfortune because your leaders have fed you with bilge.

Autonomy with sensitization is the only option.

And the lack of a critical population that sees through the double-standards, exploitation and protests has worsened the situation. But it can only get better. Or am I a stupid optimist?

@gudu another instance of corruption because almost all of them will be in the dock. I am sure there is enough evidence to catch Mr. Quatrochi but the man regularly escapes…because of lack of translators! who are these people man?!

11. myexpression - May 22, 2008

@ gudus and astral

why shouldn’t i make such statements… they are true… not only for our police force but society in general…
some years back in delhi, close to c p, late in the night i found one woman injured and naked lying on the road, unconscious, from the time i discovered her i spent some 40 min trying to stop passing cars for help or getting a rick, then a police car comes and stops after i scream and shout… all those men were drunk… they get down and look at the woman and say oh! she must be having fun, in crude hindi… i tell them pls call an ambulance they laugh and drive away… one man crossing on a bike comes and promises that he will call for an ambulance… i wait for an hour… another police car comes they look at her by this time i had lost my head and started crying… they agreed to take her to the hospital but feared that this woman’s blood and excreta will spoil their car… finally after a lot of dillydallying they take her, covered in some sheets they got… promising that she will be put in a hospital… but i could never trace her in the hospital… i hope that she recovered and her family found her… but i’m just hoping… all this took more than two hours from the time i discovered the woman… what was she… why no one wanted to help… i didn’t even know if she was living or dead by the time police took her… police is rotten but what were we, the educated ones; doing nothing… we just stormed past in our cars… how does it matter who is lying raped and injured on the road as long as she is not my kin…
i hate this place… the mediocrity, the insensitivity…

12. astralwicks - May 22, 2008

your anger is justified @myexpression but there are still people in the world who are good and who want the world to be a better place. will you try to find them or when you find them recognize them or dismiss them as part of the herd that you hate?

13. myexpression - May 22, 2008

no i’ll not dismiss those who want to make world a better place… i’m looking for such people… in fact i already know many… but still it just get on my nerves some times…

14. myexpression - May 23, 2008

that apart one needs to get angry and revolt and fight…

15. dogstail - May 24, 2008

Anger is very good. Police is a state subject and hence subject to vagaries of the state budget which is dependant on the largesse from the Central government. Most state budgets are overstretched with paying the staff, there is hardly anything left for modernising.

Of course then there are callous politicians, bureucrats. SP’s used to travel in a jeep, then they shifted to an ambassodor, now they roams around in Qualis’s. Ministers roam around in official skodas. Then if you have a ministry, where 50% of the house are ministers, what do we expect.

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