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Candle vigil on R-Day eve to demand police reform in Maha

By TCN News,

Mumbai: On the eve of Republic Day, Citizens Initiative for Peace (CIP) will organize a candle vigil on Marine Drive in Mumbai to demand full implementation of police reforms in Maharashtra.

Police reforms must be on the top of our agenda. The implementation status of police reforms in Maharashtra is rather dismal. It is only through proper policing that law and order of the state can be well maintained, said Soheb Lokhandwala of CIP.

“The Maharashtra Government did constitute a Security Commission last year. However, it did not fulfill the criteria set up by the Supreme Court and therefore breached the letter and spirit of the court directive,” said Lokhandwala. He also demanded appointment on DGP on merit basis.

“The Director General of Police needs to be appointed through a merit based transparent process and must enjoy a minimum tenure of two years,” Lokhandwala said adding that if there is improvement in the functioning of police, many problems affecting the Indian society will be mitigated.

“The CM of Maharashtra Mr. Ashok Chavan had promised that Police Reforms will be implemented. There has to be greater public awareness and public pressure has to be exerted on the Maharashtra Government to implement police reforms. It is a matter of concern that even after one year of attacks (26/11) the issue of improvement in police functioning has not been taken up with utmost urgency,” he said.

The vigil will be held from 5-6pm on 25th January on Marine Drive Opposite Jazz by the Bay (Ahead of Ambassador Hotel at Marine Drive).