After the Dhule riots of January 6 that exposed police bias,DGP Sanjeev Dayal has started a special drive to sensitise cops involved in crowd control. They will be taught how to behave with women,children and members of minority community in riot situations.
Over a dozen video clips accessed by The Indian Express had shown police in Dhule destroying private property,pulling down a hawkers pandal,smashing water drums and pounding two-wheelers parked along a street after violence broke out following a tiff over a hotel bill.
State police are using four clips in an intensive audio-visual exercise. Police across the state will be shown the clips with a staged demo indicating loopholes.
Police would be taught the correct method of treating a riot crowd.
Recently in Aurangabad,I unburdened my concerns with the senior police hierarchy. What happened in Dhule cannot be repeated. We cannot justify those actions to society and the government. We need to sensitise, he said.
Since March 2013,special training modules have been introduced for SRPF personnel and specific leadership lessons for group units across the state.
Before the riots,we concentrated on operational drills,firing,musketeering. Now,we are trying to change attitudes and conducts of the first responders, said Dayal,adding,In riot situations,one needs to respect rights of the minority community,of privileged sections and of children and women.
A constable joins the force at the age of 24,when his views have already been formed. He comes from a society in which the education system has zero input on respect to women and on teaching aspects of various religions. Nine months of police training cannot make him highly sensitive. It is not an easy task,but we are working on it, Dayal said.
He said the most interesting were sessions where senior IPS officers would talk among themselves and introspect. The leadership should be neutral. What are our shortcomings,where did we go wrong. We will ask these questions to ourselves and work on them.