Kolkata, October 22: West Bengal is the most peaceful state in the country, still the state police need to be more people-friendly. This was Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s advice to the force at the ‘Investiture Ceremony of Bengal Police 2008’ at the Science City Auditorium in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Taking a dig at the recent occurences in Maharashtra, Bhattacharjee said: “Observe other states. In one state, people from other states are considered unwanted and cannot go there for jobs. This is unthinkable in Bengal.”
He also highlighted communal clashes breaking out in different parts of the country. “People are fighting over religion in other states. West Bengal is safe and peaceful,” he said. Bhattacharjee, however, said there is no cause for complacency because terrorism, especially ultra-Left terrorism, is posing a real threat to the state.
He exhorted policemen to act as a friend of the people. “The police, from the level of superintendent of police to the officers of a police station, must gain confidence of the people. No discrimination should be made between the rich and the poor while addressing their complaints,” he said.
The chief minister also said: “The government is trying to increase the number of police housing estates and police hospitals. We will provide treatment to all injured policemen on duty.” Bhattacharjee conferred four Sourya Padak, seven Nistha Padak, 42 Prasansha Padak and 57 Sewa Padaks to the policemen. Three Sourya Padak awards were given posthumously. Police medal for meritorious service and President’s police medal for distinguished services were also awarded.