Gill’s ‘cop corruption’ comment rattles Chhattisgarh

Gill’s ‘cop corruption’ comment rattles Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh Wednesday said it would look into its former security advisor K.P.S. Gill’s comments linking rising Maoist violence in the state to ‘mass corruption in cop recruitments’.

Gill was quoted by media reports Tuesday as saying that the Maoist insurgency was because of poor administration and mass corruption in police appointments. He is also said to have remarked that his suggestions to tackle violence were brushed aside by the government.

The state’s Home Minister, Ramvichar Netam, told IANS Wednesday: ‘The home department will go in detail through Gill’s remarks and his concerns and do the best to tone up the system.’

Gill, who earned the tag of ‘Super Cop’ for crushing Sikh terrorism in Punjab in the 1990s as state police chief, failed to get an extension as security advisor in Maoist-hit Chhattisgarh when his annual contract ended April 16.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government appointed Gill in 2006 for a year to use his ‘experience and ability’ to check Maoist activity in the state.

A home department official, on condition of anonymity, said: ‘Gill has just indicated about ongoing inside activities of the government, its commitment to deal with Maoists and the existing loopholes in police set-ups in Chhattisgarh.

‘If a ruling party leader or police officer recruits cops on cash payment and hands over postings preferred by the new appointees, how can anyone expect to win over the guerrillas?’

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