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Pizzas are delivered in under 30 mins, Police can’t reach crime scenes on time!

by Rinku Khumukcham
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The ongoing clashes between the Kuki and Meitei communities in Manipur have resulted in a tragic loss of innocent lives, highlighting the glaring incompetence of the state government’s administration. The repercussions of this ineptitude have been devastating, as irate mobs have unleashed violence upon individuals merely suspected of belonging to the opposing community. Shockingly, the killing spree has persisted for over 75 days, exposing not only the government’s ineptitude but also the inefficiency of the state police in containing the rapidly deteriorating situation.
Numerous incidents have been reported, with the police struggling to maintain control and restore order. This serves as a grim reminder of the pressing concerns surrounding the inefficiency of state police forces. Time and time again, these law enforcement agencies have failed to deliver timely responses to emergencies and effectively handle crime scenes. The consequences of such shortcomings are far-reaching and deeply impactful, leaving citizens in a perpetual state of fear for their safety.
The people’s lack of trust in both the government and the security forces has pushed them to take matters into their own hands, resorting to arming themselves for self-defense and also for destruction. This breakdown of trust is a clear indication of the worsening situation, exacerbated by the government’s failure to take decisive action to restore normalcy. The police authorities have been unable to reach incident areas in a timely manner, thus failing to prevent further crimes. It brings to mind a pertinent question posed by a Delhi court back in 2016 to the Delhi police: “If a pizza boy can deliver within the guaranteed half-an-hour, why can’t the police reach the crime scene on time?” This analogy holds true in the current context, urging both state and central security forces to remain on high alert as any untoward incident can occur anywhere. Their prompt action and proactive measures can help regain the faith of the people.
These trying times have undeniably exposed the poor management of security forces in handling the situation. The response from police officials reflects ineffective management and inadequate training. Moreover, administrative officials have become entangled in miscommunication, poor decision-making, leading to a catastrophe of public safety. This inefficiency severely hampers law enforcement’s ability to effectively combat and prevent crime, leaving all communities vulnerable.
With the government’s failure to bring about a resolution that respects the interests of both communities involved, the risk of drawing other communities into the violence looms large. Lawmakers must leverage their experiences and seek guidance from intellectuals to urgently take control of the situation. If immediate action is not taken, the path to restoring normalcy may surpass the point of manageability.
It is imperative for the government to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and address the concerns of all communities involved. This entails comprehensive measures that prioritize the restoration of peace, harmony, and trust among citizens. The state police must undergo rigorous training and be equipped with the necessary resources to effectively handle emergencies. Additionally, improved communication and coordination between law enforcement agencies and the administration are vital in preventing further deterioration of the current crisis.
The road to recovery may be long, but it is not insurmountable. The time for action is now, as any delay in resolving the conflict could plunge the region into an abyss of irreparable damage. The union government, security forces, and state lawmakers must work together to navigate through these troubled waters and restore peace, justice, and safety for all communities involved. Only through their unified efforts can we hope to rebuild trust, heal wounds, and pave the way for a brighter future.

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