The bell had been installed by Additional DGP, CID (weaker sections), Aravind Pandey outside his house when he was serving as Darbhanga IGP in 2014. The idea was that people who had grievances could seek his attention just as people would seek the attention of Mughal emperor Jehangir.
But the rights panel has called the bell a “reflection of colonial mindset” and asked the police officer to explain why it should not be treated as a “violation of human rights of citizens of a civilised and democratic society”.
Taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, BHRC chairperson Justice Bilal Nazki said in his order dated March 26: “A calendar has been issued by the police department, CID (weaker sections), for the year 2015. The page regarding the month of December has an interesting note under the caption: ‘Ring Jehangir bell for redress’.
It appears that IGP, Darbhanga zone, Aravind Pandey has installed a bell outside his residence so that people can seek attention of the IGP to put forth their grievances as they were seeking attention of the Mughal emperor Jehangir.”
The order also quotes Pandey justifying the move, saying that he had taken “a leaf out of history in putting in place the system of installing calling bells at police officers’ residences for people in need”.