The 6th Nagaland Police state level debate competition on human rights was held on Friday at Police Conference Hall, Chumukedima on the topic “Human Rights of the Police are respected in the country”.
Gracing the competition as chief guest, additional DGP (Admn) Zanbemo opined that general concept of people when it came to human rights and police was that the latter violated such rights and pointed out that even the police have human rights as everyone else. “The police personnel are first and foremost human beings then police officers”, he said.
He asserted that the rights of the police personnel to quality life and healthcare, housing, family life including limitations of working hours and periodic holidays were all infringed in day to day functioning which he added was affecting their performance.
He pointed out that unnecessary harassment from senior officers, political bosses, lack of adequate facilities like housing and medical, out of turn promotions to non-performers, too much rigidity and hierarchy within the force as the main reasons for the force not able to exercise proper control over their minds and thereby exhibiting tendency to resorting to brutality. “If the police are expected to perform effectively then due consideration should be given to their grievances” Zanbemo stated.
He also called for reduction in workload, specialized teams, separation of investigation from law and order and recruitment of more qualified men in the force. The ADGP asserted that the solution to most of these problems lied in initiating Police reforms as recommended by various police, human rights and law commissions.
Jury members for the competition L Singsit, DIG (Range) Dimapur, Mangyang Lima, additional district and sessions judge, Kohima and secretary of Nagaland Human Rights Committee and Meyiwabang Longkumer of Nagaland Post expressed their views and remarks on the competition.
UBSI Joseph Zeliang of DEF, Tuensang bagged the first prize while deputy commandant 9th NAP (IR) Yanger Jamir and ASI Ating Kuki, DEF Peren bagged the second and third position respectively while the rolling trophy for the year 2010 went to Mokokchung Range.