Dimapur, April 11: With police-public relationship hitting a new low post the police assault on a doctor some days back, Dimapur police has come up with an innovative way to bridge the trust deficit and connect with the people.
The assault on the doctor, for which the Government has now ordered a magisterial probe, not only affected the relationship between the police and public, but the resultant public backlash against the police also to a large extent hit the morale of the police force hard.
Considering the situation, Dimapur Police, DCP Zone-1, Dr. Naieem Mustafa IPS devised an innovative concept that not only enthused the police force but also the public at large into developing a sense of belongingness.
Dr Naieem along with his deputies and large contingent of police personnel have been touring different areas of Dimapur Zone-1 and spreading awareness through loud speakers on maintaining social distancing, using masks and advising people to not venture out unnecessarily in order to thwart the outbreak of coronavirus in Dimapur.
Many videos of Dimapur police singing “We shall overcome” and its Hindi version “Hum honge kamyab” is circulating in social media with people praising the police for going the extra mile to engage with the public. There appears to be an emotional bonding between the police and the public as seen from the viral videos of public applauding the police.
DCP Zone-1 Dr Naieem Mustafa IPS told Nagaland Page that Dimapur police have been working round the clocks along with IRB batallions including the Mahila battalions since the lockdown come into force.
“We are in a war field at present, the condition is similar like a war situation and the enemy is a deadly virus. We can defeat it only with public cooperation. Using sticks doesn’t helps, rather we are approaching people colony wise and requesting people to follow the Do’s and Don’t. People are responding positively,” he said.
Dr Naieem said the police force is not meant to harass anyone, but is the first line of human defense during this critical phase and urged all to remain safe and healthy at homes till the lockdown is not lifted.
“We are working hard and overtime for the safety of the people and people are responding positively,” he remarked.
Meanwhile Ravish Kumar, a senior journalist shared Dimapur police video on his Facebook page and has garnered 17,000 likes (at the time of filing this report) and the video shared widely by more than 1900 Facebook users with all round appreciation of Dimapur police.
Appreciating the initiative of Dimapur police, a social media activist, X. Chophika Sumi tweeted, “Personnel of Nagaland Police singing hymns today at Dimapur. Nagaland is one of the few states where the police have maintained maximum restraint on the use of force. We applaud our police personnel along with the medical personnel who are working ceaselessly at the frontline.” (Page News Service)