No segregation, Bihar plans to raise all-caste police units
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had told his officials to find ways to dismantle the barracks following The Indian Express report “Bihar Police: United in khakhi, divided by caste barracks” on October 7.
“We have almost finalised our blueprint to dismantle caste barracks and kitchens in police lines, which continued to exist despite intervention by some SPs from time to time. But we have decided to go about it very carefully as caste is more a social than an administrative matter,” Additional DGP Ravindra Kumar told The Indian Express.
The first step towards dismantling the barracks, he said, is to raise specialised units. “We have started forming a 90-member company, which will have 78 constables and 12 head constables. It will get ration, logistic support and stay arrangements from one central command. It will move together as a specialised unit,” he said, adding this would ensure a balanced mix of policemen from all castes and communities “without being told about it”.
“It will be a random exercise by SP and sergeant major. We have started anti-riot force for each of 40 police districts. Patna already has three anti-riot companies,” he added.
The ADGP said the police have separated law and order from investigation. “Here again, we will have separate units of forces. We have to ensure balance of caste and community in such units diplomatically,” said Kumar,
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