We can inquire and fix responsibilities. However, the question that remains is ‘how to reduce sub-cultural distortions in the performance of police agencies?’. The police force has performed exceptionally well in the toughest of times when it was provided with good leadership and a strong environment. It becomes difficult to accept that people are unaware of what or how they are supposed to do it. There are various security codes like ‘Blue Book’, SPG Act and alike. These are backed by standard operating procedures for safety operations. Nevertheless, gaps do exist. Does it affect our ‘ideology’ because we have failed to understand the internal aspects of federal system or the strength of democratic processes which needs to be given due credit. Are we wandering and lost in extroversion?
Professionally, once in a democratic set up, the majority exercise their option, those holding top public positions need to be duly protected to facilitate their free and bold work. Undermining their security would not only be a professional lapse but also a violation of democratic principle.
In the case of the Prime Minister, during the visit, the overall responsibility rests with the local state, although close security duty exclusively rests with the SPG, which in turn has the authority to coordinate with other officials, including the state police and intelligence agencies. Is.
The security provided is either zero or hundred percent, there can be nothing in between. Secondly, there is no place for friendship in security matters so that anything can be taken lightly. The state police chief and the director of the SPG will have to ponder over what went wrong and where. The hardest thing would be to accept the ‘why’ it went wrong.
The sanitization procedures used in mitigating the risks are well known in security circles. In a dynamic security scenario, the ‘risk’ is not the threat itself but a lack of response capability. Despite taking all precautions, viruses or bacteria manage to enter the human system. But those who consciously maintain their internal resistance and keep their immunity levels high are successful in neutralizing the threats.
in spite of best security systems, adversaries continue to attempt to infiltrate security circles around the world. But, efficient protection mechanism is able to sense and neutralize them in real time. In some volatile situations, hazards may arise, but the risk will be minimized if the safety net does not lack response capability. A good system is one that eliminates all potential threats. These are some of the criteria that may be relevant to those conducting a post-incident audit.
Common sense says that during planning, all operational contingencies should have been covered with congruent emergency plans, covert operations and dummy drills. In addition to specialized intelligence, there are many open information sources available. In situations where security systems also exempt open-source information, this would in all likelihood lead us to conclude that there was either a casual approach and a disinterested attitude or some other intention.
The security of the Prime Minister is a matter of honor for the country. In security areas, there is also a system of advising the protected person if his actions or behavior for some reason undermine the security grid. It is important that no role or goal remains struggle at any level.
In the case of Punjab, there was a long tussle for the post of DGP. This is likely to affect the grip on the force. In such situations, everyone takes a wait and watch posture. But one can still raise the question, ‘Was the security institution or system bad?’
The situation could have been avoided. In this case, there is nothing that could not have been fact. The ‘what to do’ and how to do it is clear even to an ordinary cop. But ‘why’ should I do what I should and ‘why’ should I not do what I shouldn’t. Whatever may be the political climate at a given point of time, professional agencies need to stick to their service delivery norms. Prima facie, the allegation of ‘local failure’ appears to be quite strong, unless proven otherwise.
The author is a former DG, CRPF.