Monday, June 28, 2010

Sleeping With Enemies: Police officers in terror camps?

KERALA government’s request to the Centre to probe the allegation that Tomin Thachankary, a 1987 batch Kerala cadre IPS officer, had held secret talks with terror operatives in Qatar recently, has turned out to be a huge controversy in the state. If the allegations against the IPS officer who reportedly did not take permission to go to Gulf and conferred secretly with associates of the arrested Laskhar-e-Toiba activist, Thadiyentavida Naseer, become even partially true, it would impact the reputation of the entire police force in the country.

Only three months ago, media reported how a police officer from Meghalaya holding the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police reportedly left the force to become the self-styled commander-in-chief of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), a militant organization in that North-East state. The officer named Champion Sangma was absent from duties for over one year, and it was suspected that he headed the militant organization which regularly demand money upto Rs 1 cr from businessmen and coal merchants.
In case of Thachankary, who as IGP in Kannur Range in Kerala, there are reports that he could be a victim of political infighting within the Left leadership as he was close to the leadership of anti-CM lobby. The IPS officer has now approached CAT.

US cops’ chase of a naked woman
In a bizarre incident last week, police officers of Utah city in US had to chase a 31-year-old naked woman after she stole two cars, including a police cruiser. The chase, that took place in highways in suburban areas, finally ended when she was subdued by police. The entire drama of chase, the censored version of which was later showed in US television, took place when she was still nude. 

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