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Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta: Policing and the milieu


RUPRAJ SARMAH | New Delhi, December 18, 2011 12:26
Tags : Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta | IGP (T&AP) Assam | IPS OFFICER |

Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, IGP (T&AP) Assam, is a man of many parts. When not engaging militants in gun battles or tackling their threat calls, he is the nodal officer of ‘Project Ashwas’, an Assam Police project run for the benefit of children hit by terrorist violence. This 1988 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, recipient of the chief minister’s medal for outstanding service in 2008 and a rare commendation medal from the Chief of Army Staff, opens up.

Your experiences as an IPS officer?
As I am in my home cadre, I get opportunities to serve my country and state. Maybe because of my upbringing, I have a fair understanding of socio-ethnic dynamics. That helps me in policing and other social engineering commitments. At the same time there are serious problems. There is no terrorist outfit which has not threatened me. As police officials, these incidents are part of life and I have been seriously injured.

Tell us about social service you are doing?
I am the managing trustee of an organisation called ‘Srimanta Foundation’. Through this we try to bridge culture with economy. I try to do something for the rural youth. At Konwarpur, my native place at Sibsagar district, we have arranged several training camps. These youth also work as resource persons for other villages. We help them by arranging assistance from Nabard, the district administration and small industries department. We have collaborated with a micro financing organization called ‘Asomi’. We have helped establish libraries and other social organizations at places in the state.

Do you represent the cultural space as an IPS officer?
I have special interest in the cultural history of Assam and India. I have scripted and directed some audio-visual programmes produced by my wife for Doordarshan. My cultural activities directly or indirectly complement my policing. I have written a book called ‘Satras and Dargahas of Assam’ along with good friend Wasbir Hussain.

What is it like policing in Assam?
A police man’s life in Assam is one of continuous challenges, threats, frustrations along with a sense of fulfillment. In these years, I have faced threats from various extremist groups and engaged in gun battles. I was credited for the peaceful arrangement of elections in a critical period of the state’s history. Now, situation has changed and I think, our hard work towards peace has contributed to it.

What is difference between Assam and other states?
Senior officers of Assam police are very lucky to have a very loyal force. The Assam police is one of the most disciplined police forces in the country. But we have to do a lot of hard work for establishing and reinforcing police credibility among public by fighting corruption in the force. We have to increase our manpower.

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Posted By: Neva prasad Yadav | Guwahati,Assam | January 8th 2012 | 13:01
The article is inspiring and explanatory for an honest police officer who has dedicated his life for the well being of the society.

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