Theft of the official vehicle of Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s inspector general Anand Swaroop (IPS:1992:UP), bearing a blue beacon, two stars and the triangular flag has brought into sharp focus the increasing need for higher degree of alertness and cautiousness on part of officers in general, coming as it does hard on the heels of snatching by terrorists of a Punjab police officer’s vehicle in the Pathankot attack. The incident took place on January 20 in Noida Sector 23 where the officer resides inside the gated community.
Of course, Noida police is making light of the issue. That in itself, however, shows that the police forces of the country require to do away with ‘chalta hai’ attitude even as all indicators are pointing to India’s acute vulnerability to Islamic terrorism.
According to the Noida police, the theft was likely to be the handiwork of mechanics who had recently serviced the vehicle and saw no terrorist hand in it. This only indicts the police because it shows that the police have no registered or empanelled list of trusted mechanics for servicing its vehicles.