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Hope Police Will Handle People’s Stir Carefully: PC

outlookKaraikudi (TN) | Sep 12, 2011

Home Minister P Chidambaram today hoped the police would handle people’s stir carefully without taking recourse to tough measures like firing even as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa sought to defend the Paramakudi police firing incident which claimed seven lives.

“I hope in future the police would handle the people’s agitation carefully without resorting to tough measures like firing,” Chidambaram told reporters here.

He, however, declined further comments on the incident saying he could not give his views without knowing about the situation under which it was done.

Chidambaram said the Centre had been advising police officials to handle people’s agitation to maximum extent possible without opening fire.

Seven people were killed when police opened fire to quell violence at Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district yesterday.

Defending the police action, Jayalalithaa said yesterday that they were forced to open fire as protesters attacked police personnel on duty.

“The protesters indulged in large-scale violence and torched police vehicles. Police opened fire in self defence and to protect public property,” Jayalalithaa had said.

Chidambaram called on DIG Sandeep Mittal,who was injured in the violence, at the Apollo Hospital at Karaikudi in Sivaganga district, and wished him speedy recovery.

He was accompanied by former Tamil Nadu Minister Periyakaruppan.

Shri Sandeep Mittal, an IPS Officer of 1995 Batch, completed B. Sc. (Honours) Geology with University Gold Medal and M.Sc. Applied Geology with University Gold Medal, both from University of Delhi. He earned Degree of Master’s in Police Management from Osmania University, Diploma in Cyber Security and Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics from Gujarat Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar . He is a Postgraduate in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance from Cranfield University, UK. He conducted a number of experiments in people friendly policing to bridge the divide between police and public. He headed the Security of Asia Pacific’s largest prison i.e. Tihar Prisons, New Delhi. While serving in Narcotics Control Bureau under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as Zonal Director he was instrumental in liquidating a number of National and International drug syndicates and developed his skills in cyber crime investigation. He is a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow, UK; a Commonwealth Scholar in Internet Law & Policy a t University of Strathclyde, UK; an Associate of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi and a Life Member of United Services Institution of India, New Delhi; Indian Society of Criminology, India and Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He is member, Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics, a peer reviewed journal. He has published research papers in reputed peer reviewed Journals.

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