Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 25:
Senior journalists on Tuesday complained to the Twin City police about its refusal to part with information about high profile and politically sensitive cases which they said was causing great difficulties to reporters in filing their stories.
Participating in police-media interaction organised by the Commissionerate Police (Bhubaneswar-Cuttack) here on Tuesday, editors and bureau chiefs of leading media houses urged Twin City Commissioner Dr RP Sharma to streamline the process of providing information to all media houses through e-mail or fax.
Senior journalist Bipin Singh said the unwillingness of the police in providing information leads to misinformation creeping into crime reporting.
During the interaction MBC TV Editor-in-Chief Ashok Mohapatra and OTV Editor Soumyajit Patnaik said Commissionerate Police should circulate information in a democratic way to all media houses without any prejudices. The public relations department in the Commissionerate Police needs to be strengthened, stated journalist K Ravi of The Statesman.
Journalists Prasanna Mohanty, Satakadi Hota, Nabin Das and Gopal Mohapatra said the Commissioner has to take the initiative for change in the attitude of the police personnel working in the Twin City while dealing with the public in registering cases. They said police should behave with the public in a friendly manner so that the people who come to the police stations are not disappointed.
“Good behaviour with the victims at their time of distress will give them the courage to approach the police without any fear,” said a journalist.
Strengthening basic policing, traffic system, crime control and intelligence were the other issues which came up for discussion during the interaction.
Dr Sharma assured the journalists to take positive steps to implement the suggestions given by media persons to strengthen policing in the Twin City. A training programme will be started for the police staff from February 28 to teach them how to deal with the general public in the police stations, he added.
“We have taken several new initiatives to streamline traffic system, night patrolling, proper frisking, road safety and many other things. Though we have a shortage of staff, we are trying to improve the quality of basic policing,” said Dr Sharma.