Anupama on warpath, expects FIR against her over FB posts

Anupama on warpath, expects FIR against her over FB posts

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-06-06 18:45 Bengaluru: Do Facebook posts by government officials amount to crime so much so that it attracts an FIR? At least that’s what we are left to infer from the newest timeline of Anupama Shenoy, former deputy superintendent of police, Kudligi, on her FB account.On Monday, at 3.30 pm, Anupama wrote on her timeline ‘… It seems they will file an FIR on me on the basis of my FB posts #Brihannale’. Although it is not known that an FIR has been lodged against Anupama, her active FB posts show otherwise. While Anupama was not available for her comment, she has been ‘reacting’ through her facebook posts.Earlier in the day, she took to social media to slam the alleged liquor mafia prevailing in Kudligi. It is suspected that Anupama resigned as she was upset over a protest by a liquor shop supporters against the detention of three persons, who wanted to construct an extension to the building housing their liquor shop. The construction would have blocked the way leading to Ambedkar Bhavan.Although her resignation letter says that she has resigned ‘due to personal reasons’, her posts on the social media speak otherwise.On Monday, one of her posts on FB page read ‘Liquor lobbyge sharanu sharanu ennire, Kudligi janate sharanu sharanu ennire’ which loosely translates to bow to liquor lobby, Kudligi residents bow to liquor lobby. This post clearly indicates the prevailing liquor mafia which purportedly forced her to resign. Many have liked this post and even urged Anupama to withdraw her resignation.Besides, her another post reads ‘When injustice becomes a law, rebellion becomes duty’.  It may be recalled here that six months ago, Anupama was transferred out of Kudligi after she kept Labour Minister Parameshwar Naik’s phone call on hold. Although there was huge outcry over this, chief minister Siddaramaiah did not intervene, supporting the minister instead. Finally, bowing to popular sentiment, the government withdrew the transfer order.Now, it is said the three arrested in the liquor shop extension case were Congress members. Considering these incidents, her post “When injustice becomes a law, rebellion becomes duty” reflects her state of mind.Meanwhile, Dalit Sangharsha Samiti members have submitted a memorandum to Ballari SP R Chethan demanding rejection of Anupama’s resignation letter.On Sunday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stated that he was not aware of her resignation. By now, he should be. And with Anupama on warpath, what action he will take remains to be seen.‘Fight within the system to bring change’Resignation was not the recourse. Nothing she will achieve nor will the situation change. We have an example of an IAS officer MN Vijayakumar and his long battle did nothing. Yes, here also the strategy to fight the system was wrong. It is always better to be inside the system to bring in a change.Yes, every police officer including most of IPS officers are made to act under the directions of the political bosses. Police Establishment Board empowered to deal with the transfers of the police officers is only on paper and directed by political bosses. In the autocrat system of governance, we have read in history of Palegars who were governing small areas under the directions, notably from the King. The present situation is no different from that.Those palegars were identified and appointed by kings but in today’s democracy, something around 30 per cent of the population in an area decides who becomes a palegar.“Yada yadahi dharmsya...” which translates nature takes its recourse to establish what is right for the mankind whenever it demands. Anyway, change is the law of nature. Yes, that will surely happen at the appropriate time. Yes, we should support it.JSD Pani, RTI ActivistShe is a very strong person with her own convictions. A few months ago I spoke to her and had even advised her about how one should face the situations while remaining honest. I quoted a few instances of my own to enthuse her. Even in my career I tendered my resignation as a probationer and posted the resignation letter in the post box. Some of my seniors in those days went to the post master and collected my resignation letter back after filing an affidavit.She has acted in haste. She should withdraw her resignation and immediately opt for a non-executive post like CID for some time. The government also should not hastily accept her resignation. It should hold an inquiry into the whole issue and act. Lava Kumar, retired police officer