BY Salman Yousafzai
PESHAWAR: Lower ranked police officials lament that due to pressure and irrational demands from higher authorities they have to file bogus cases against people and demand bribes.
The officials say in order to satisfy their high-ups they on most of the occasions show bogus recoveries from people and put wrong data in the office files.
SHOs and upper sub ordinates say that higher authorities always demand progress reports from the lower staff and at times those who fail to lodge FIRs and show recoveries as per high-ups wishes they have to face punishments.
“We then show false recoveries in the office files,” a police constable said on condition of anonymity, adding that even at time they false weapon recoveries are shown against those who are already in custody.
The police officials say they cannot get leaves or promotion without showing such manipulated reports.
“At times we get useless Kalashinkovs from market on lower rates and register them in the recovery file to show good performance,” he went on to say adding, “We arrange money for buying on these weapons through illegal means.”
These officials say that the department even did not pay them enough fuel when they go on patrol and every Station House Officer is supposed to arrange money for the fuel of his vehicle through his own means and resources.
The police officials also regard the legal vacuum in the criminal code of the country a tool to handicap the law enforcement authorities.
It takes years to decide a murder case (302), so police has to bring every criminal accused of murder every other week to the court which increases his chances of escape in the presence of lack of human resource, they officials say.
The police officials say that even their good performance at times turns out to be a source of wrath for them.
An SHO recounting his story on condition of anonymity to the Frontier Post, “Staff at a police station recovered around 50 guns, 13 pistols, 20 kilogram Hashish and two kilogram heroine in 2011. In 2012 the police officials say they were asked by the high ups to recover the same amount of arms again.” Those failing to meet the demands put by the higher authorities, the lower staff, has to face wrath in the shape of bad, annual confidential reports (ACR), the police officials say. At times higher authorities according to these police officials are refused leaves if they fail to recover a set amount of weapons.
Another constable said that they get less than 15000 rupees salary per month and they spent at least 5000 rupees on purchasing uniform for themselves because the uniform provided by department to constables and other sub ordinates are useless, he lamented that high ups of KPK police department did corruption in this regards he added.
He further said that it would be pleasure for lower ranks to give them 200 rupees instead of uniform and it would be also profitable for government treasure.
He added that cops received 10 liters Diesel for 24 hours, routine patrolling, which did not fulfill their requirement for the whole day.