Police inquiring into alleged harassment

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Mar 25: The capital police are conducting an inquiry into allegation of misbehaviour by security personnel on election duty against the director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts’ Guwahati-based NE regional centre, Dr Richa Negi, and others.
Dr Negi and a few other delegates are invitees to the ‘Borderland Narratives’ festival of films (23-25 March) organized by Rajiv Gandhi University’s (RGU) mass communication department and the Centre for Endangered Languages.
Reportedly, Dr Negi, senior filmmaker Bappa Ray and a cinematographer were returning to their hotel in Naharlagun after a dinner event at RGU when their vehicle was stopped for a check by security forces on late Sunday night.
In a complaint, Dr Negi said the police personnel and two to three CRPF men there misbehaved with them and manhandled the driver.
She requested the police to bring the two policemen to task so that “no one, especially invited guests, faces such humiliation.”
“I respect people who are doing their duties with full cooperation, but duty should be done with civility and not hostility,” she stated in her complaint to the police.
Capital SP Tumme Amo informed that an inquiry is being conducted in this regard, and assured of initiating action.
He said he has directed his officers and men to be polite and gentle, and to ensure that seizures or enforcement of any law or the model code of conduct are not done at the cost of public convenience or smooth traffic flow, or by causing any harassment to any person.
Additionally, Amo requested everyone to cooperate with the security forces.
“We are here to perform our duties of enforcing the law of the land, and I request the people to bear with small inconveniences to avoid bigger problems,” he said.