City not ‘lucrative’ for police

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Bengaluru: The city is no longer a coveted posting for many cops right from the rank of constables to deputy superintendents, who have become used to easy money.
They are now facing the heat after crackdowns on gaming parlours, dance bars and massage parlours, which were running illegally with alleged police patronage.
The shutting down of these hafta/betting joints and a stern instruction from the newly appointed commissioner Raghaven­dra Auradkar that no civil land disputes will henceforth be ‘settled’ in police stations has turned the tables on corrupt cops, who now want to flee the city.
Civil disputes are matters to be settled in the courts and not in police stations, but very often the disagreeing parties approach the police to settle the matter ‘out of court’ for huge considerations, primarily because legal settlements are long drawn and often take a life time.
Till recently some of the police stations, especially in the central business district, Bengaluru North and South divisions were functioning as kangaroo courts with cops settling the land disputes for huge consideration in ‘cash or kind,’ said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.
“Deals running into lakhs and crores of rupees and shares in land sites and apartments were routinely being struck by the unscrupulous parties and corrupt cops. This has been stopped now with the result that corrupt officials are trying to get out of the city. Those, whose hands are still soiled are being pos­ted out of the civil pol­ice (law and order) to other segments,” said the officer.
The Police Establishment Board, set up in June with an amendment to the Karnataka Police Act to recommend transfer and posting of officers of the rank of DSP, PI and SI; the latter only in case of inter-range postings has not held a meeting this year.
“The Board is likely to meet on Friday for a huge reshuffle this time. Around 80 per cent of the 143 inspectors who have completed their one-year tenure, will be transferred,” said the officer. 

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