Politicians, bureaucracy holding up police reforms, says expert

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) Vested interest of politicians and powerful civil bureaucracy to keep police under their control is one of the major reasons holding up the much-needed police reforms, an expert has observed.

Speaking at a roundtable discussion on 'Police reforms in India: Challenges and Prospects'', Dr Arvind Verma, an IPS officer-turned professor at the Indiana University in the US, said though there was no disagreement on the need for police reforms among all stake holders, the actual process of reforms was still to shape up despite many commissions and committees having submitted reports to the government.

Dr Verma, an IPS officer from 1978 to 1991, said he wondered whether making police independent and giving full powers would actually solve the problems.

He also noted that police leadership had failed to come up with reforms in its internal affairs which could be initiated by itself without any interference from politicians.

The expert stressed on the need to improve ''terrible conditions'' of subordinate police officers and constables who are being neglected.

The roundtable was attended yesterday by academics, former police officers and activists of civil groups and political parties.

UNI

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