The recently passed People’s Protection Law gives police the authority to detain terrorist suspects for 60 days without an FIR or bail. The police can even shoot a suspect at sight. In a country where the police is alleged to be corrupt and unreliable, what form this law can take is difficult to imagine. To give such unbridled freedom to the law enforcement agencies can have harrowing consequences.
The government needs to realize that the police don’t believe in the saying that with great responsibility comes great power. There is a great chance that the power vested in the law enforcement authorities will be misused. Hence, the government should first filter its forces and induct personnel with a creditable reputation for the protection of the people.