Larger-than-life-image of encounter specialists dangerous: Bedi

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New Delhi, Mar 28 (UNI) India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi today said the larger-than-life-image of police officers-turned- encounter specialists was proving not only ''dangerous'' for them, but the entire society as well.

''The image is proving very negative and wrong for them, and for the society it is destroying and demolishing. The system is to be blamed for it,'' she told UNI on the margins of a convocation of a management institute here.

She said monopoly was not good for the society and advocated police reforms to improve the overall system and sought better service and living conditions for the personnel.

Ms Bedi said the Government should play its role and bring about the police reforms.

''What are police reforms.... These are all about speaking the truth, writing the truth, recording the truth and presenting the truth,'' she added.

Ms Bedi, who won the Ramon Magsaysay award in 1994 for government service, also sought autonomy of responsibilities from the Government and honest discharge of duties from the force.

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