Politicians in Assam have come in for high praise for their ‘polite’ behaviour by the chief of India’s elite commando force National Security Guard — the accolade coming at a time when the political class nowadays is regarded as arrogant and brash.
Jayanto Narayan Choudhury, the newly appointed DG of NSG and ex-DGP of Assam Police, was effusive in his praise for the highly ‘polite’ conduct of Assamese politicians.
Chowdhury said that the politicians from his home state never tried to get work done forcefully.
“I have to say that political leaders in Assam are very polite. They never bullied me during my service in the state,” he said during an exclusive interview.
“Even if they (politicians) wanted things get done, they made humble requests and never forced me. And if I could not fulfill it, they also accepted it,” he noted.
A 1978-batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, Choudhury served as the Director General of Assam Police from January 16, 2012 before being nominated as the 28th NSG Director General.
On January 23 this year, he took over as the new Chief of the NSG. He will head the ‘black cat’ commando force, which renders counter-terror, counter-hijack and VVIP security tasks, till his superannuation in May, 2015.
Talking about his stint as DGP of Assam Police, Choudhury said: “It was a very satisfactory period. Serving the home state and my own people was really great. There was nothing to regret in Assam.”
Known as a ‘gentleman’ among his colleagues, the top police officer of Assam had experimented with “implementation of a practice” to improve the police force’s behaviour towards general public in the state.
“I focussed on civil policing. After decades of fighting with insurgents, the Assam Police’s bahaviour was something like those of para-military forces. I tried to improve that to deal with common people. Still, a lot has to be done. Hope, I made the beginning,” Choudhury said.
The police force in Assam needs urgent reforms to deal with various kinds of problems and newer forms of crime, he added without elaborating further.
“The entire Assamese society is fragmented now on the basis of ethnicity. The tendency of the young people is to get easy money. There is easy access to weapons… So the police force has to deal with all these issues. Every problem has backward linkages,” Choudhury said.
A Masters in Economics from the Delhi University, he had earlier served a number of years in the Intelligence Bureau.
Prior to that, Choudhury had also worked as Additional Superintendent of Police in Assam’s Goalpara, Barpeta and Jorhat districts among others during early 80’s.
Besides, he had served as the SP of North Lakhimpur district from June 13, 1983 to June 19, 1985.