A senior police officer is apparently paying a high price for his handling of the fiasco involving popular social activist, Mark Benschop, at the Le Repentir landfill site last Wednesday.
Superintendent Ishri Das, who was in charge of the Ruimveldt Police Station, has been transferred to Berbice with immediate effect in an apparent reaction to his handling of the matter.
It seemed that his failure to have Benschop spend a night in jail over a traffic incident was the precipitating factor.
Das, who was the first runner up for this year’s ‘A ‘Division annual awards, was the officer in charge of the police operations at the landfill site when Benschop used his vehicle to block the entrance in protest of the extension of the facility.
Benschop was belatedly charged for the offence of obstruction. It is believed that Das’s supervisors felt that he should have ordered the arrest of Benschop at the scene when the offence was actually being committed.
However, he went away with the party of policemen he was commanding, leaving Benschop to go scot free.
Several hours later, Das must have incurred the wrath of his superiors, for he turned up at the home of Benschop to invite the activist to the Brickdam Police Station to ask him a few questions.
From all appearances, Das’s belated actions stemmed from the instructions of his superiors, who were apparently embarrassed.
Benschop refused to go with him on Wednesday night but reported to the police the following day and was promptly charged.
The police actions on Wednesday prompted popular columnist Freddie Kissoon to ask in his Friday column, ‘Why is the police force being reduced to this comical level?’
“A group of policemen, including anti-crime units, is stalemated outside the dwelling of a citizen for a minor traffic breach. Isn’t that comical? When these things happen, the police’s image takes a beating. More importantly, people laugh at the men and women in uniform and disrespect grows,” Kissoon wrote.
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