The Indian Express spoke to DGP S S Khandwawala on a host of issues. Excerpts:
On 2002 riots:
Some wrong and negligence might have been committed by the state police during the 2002 riots,but efforts have been made to correct the wrongs and the image of the police in the last few years. My top priority would be to further strengthen the police-public relations in the state.
On his other priorities:
Effective action and policing would be my priority. We would do our best to ensure that the people get a feeling of justice. The relations between the police and the community need to be strengthened.
On Muslim representation in police forces:
The reason why the Muslims are not joining the forces,or the IAS or the IPS,is probably because there are not enough educationally qualified youth in the community. Community leaders can play an important role in promoting education.
On police role in checking communal riots:
This is the biggest challenge facing us today. This is not peculiar to Gujarat alone,but other developing countries as well. The only solution to this is improving the economic situation of the community and education.
On his state of mind during the 2002 riots:
Can anybody like people killing others?
On CM Narendra Modi and interactions with him:
Its very easy to comment from outside… All senior officers here often have good exchanges of ideas with him.