DERGAON, July 10 - “The tag line of Assam Police Janahita Janasewarthe itself carries the significance of accountability of Assam Police to the people of Assam.
If a police personnel realises the inherent significance of the motto, it is enough to understand the accountability of his/her to the people to be served.”
This was stated by the Chairman of Assam State Police Accountability Commission (ASPAC) as well as retired Judge of Gauhati High Court Bojendra Prasad Katoky while delivering his lecture on ‘Accountability of Police to the Public in the present-day Context’ at an awareness meeting held at the Police Training College (PTC) here on Saturday. The chairman urged all the police personnel attending the meeting to be more accountable to the people who are to be served by them. Referring to the Assam Police Act, 2007 which replaced Assam Police Act, 1861 enacted during the British era, the Chairman opined that it was a good sign for Assam Police.
The Chairman also exchanged his thoughts with the police personnel of different ranks of Unarmed Branch who are undergoing basic training. He also replied different questions put by the trainees based on his legal experiences.
Delivering the welcome address at the outset, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Training and Armed Police (DIG/TAP) Rana Bhuyan opined that the awareness meet would definitely help the trainees. The meeting, attended by about 1,800 trainee police personnel of different ranks and lasting more than four hours were addressed by the Secretary of ASPAC Harendra Dev Mahanta, Chief Investigating Officer of ASPAC Bhudev Goswami and member of ASPAC Dr Swahnaj Rahman.
The programme ended with a vote thanks by the Principal of PTC Moinul Islam Mandal. It is pertinent to mention that ASPAC, formed with a chairman and three members to look into the position of police accountability, is the first State commission in the North East. The commission has registered more than 50 complaints of Assam Police personnel till March 2018.