Chennai: Following wide-spread outrage over the brutal killing on a father and son allegedly due to custodial torture in Sathankulam, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Trichy Range, V Balakrishnan, said that 80 police personnel have been temporarily relieved from services for misusing their power.
He said that the personnel lack inter-personal skills while interacting with public and wanted them to undergo a behavioral change.
Balakrishnan wrote the following on his Facebook page: “We are removing 80 police personnel in Trichy police range who need behavioural correction to improve their interpersonal skills.”
“They are taken off the duties involving direct public contact as their track record in that aspect is found wanting. They will be gradually reintegrated into regular duties only after completing a specially designed course with CBT( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) component to improve the way they deal with the public.”
The police personnel will be inducted back into the force after they finish the course. The selected policemen are from Trichy, Pudukottai, Karur, Ariyalur and Perambalur.
The decision came after the uproar from public for the way in which police showed high-handedness in handling public. Several videos came to light in how policemen behaved with public and assaulting them on the road and using foul language.
In the Sathankulam incident, six policemen were suspended — two Sub-Inspectors, one Inspector and three Constables.