Law & order experience (Insurgency areas)
2 Presented by me Rangarajan IAS of 2005 batch-AIR 46th rank Associate Director at Officers IAS academy, Chennai Follow me at https://unacademy.in/user/ran garajanias
3 SDO(Civil) of Chara ideo, Sibsagar, Assam First capital of Ahom Kingdom set up in 1228 Historical significance of Charaideo Madams which are like miniature pyramids Hot bed of insurgency-ULFA started in Rong Ghar in Sibsagar in 1979 Significantly controlled by early 2000 though sporadic incidents continued
5 Incident on December 25, 2007 Entire Administration and Police machinery gearing up for Panchayat elections on Dec 31st Minor explosion near th Minor explosion near the vehicle in which SDPO was travelling with 4 policemen One policeman severely injured and shifted to District hospital Discussion with DC, SP over phone No major issue and got back to election related work before retiring for the day
6 Incident on December 26, 2007 Call at 3 am in the morning from Army captain informing of encounter in which one insurgent was killed Insurgent found along with Grenades in possession Called SDPO and he confirmed about the incident SDPO and Police party rushed to village of insurgent Waited for few hours and then spoke to DC Wanted to go to the village but DC instructed that the Circle officer visit the village from Administration side
7 December 26th-29th Post mortem conducted in District hospital after dawn Some local pressure group influenced the family members who refused to accept the body at the village Circle officer came back and reported on 26th evening; body brought back and kept in Police station at Charaideo 27th-Again repeat of the same sequence-Circle officer visited along with ASP in the evening, but no break through 28th-Backdoor channels through media representatives opened by Police and local MLA; finally family & group relented 29th-DC said the Circle officer can go with SDPO to handover body; but I decided to go myself with SDPO and handed over body - Some protests and petition given by local population Didn't react but patiently listened and accepted the petition Back for election related work to office and peaceful conduct of elections on December 31st
7 Key learnings Nothing called as 'Small' incident or 'Major, incident when it is happening - All are Law & order issues requiring utmost attention Don't panic There is an entire machinery working with you Be courageous, but don't show misplaced sense of valour Always try to have a buffer for negotiations depending on gravity of situation -Talk to team members & officials who are locals before taking any decision Listen to the team to understand concerns but be firm Don't be stubborn; be accommodative within legal framework Don't hesitate to constantly update seniors & take guidance Congratulate all team members once issue resolved
IAS 2005 batch (AIR 46), Chartered Accountant and Cost accountant, Teaching Polity at Officers IAS Academy at Chennai.