Inaugurating the State Police Academy at Vandalur near here last evening, he defended the police force against criticism from political parties and wanted to know whether there was no incidents of crime during the period of rule of Lord Ram. Citing the kidnap of Lord Ram's wife Sita by Ravana in Ramayana, Mr Karunanidhi asked why the police was not criticised then.
''Poet Kambar, who wrote Ramayana, has said that Sita was kidnapped by Ravana. But no one criticised the police then,'' he said, adding that when many felt that King Dharmar was a great ruler, the truth was that incidents of crime had occurred even then.
Coming down heavily on political parties for criticising police, but failing to acknowledge their deeds when they solved cases, Mr Karunanidhi said public anger against the police could be traced back to the British period, during which police were used to suppress the people.
''As the youth were enrolled in the police force during the British days only to carry out their orders, anger against Indian policemen began and it continued even today. Due to certain political parties, the police department has become a much maligned force and there was need to change this,'' he added.
Praising the police for ensuring that Tamil Nadu remained a peaceful state at a time when neighbouring countries were facing problems of terrorism and extremism, he said, ''let us applaud the police force, which has to be given the due credit for their good work,'' and called for sustained efforts to end the people's anger towards the police force.