A reported missive by an IPS officer highlighting "serious chink in the armour" of security in the state has triggered a political slugfest with the BJP targetting the ruling Congress.
State IPS association president and ADGP R P Sharma has recently written to the chief secretary Ratna Prabha claiming the law and order situation in the state was "deteriorating."
In the letter, which has been widely circulated in the media, he reportedly cited a series of incidents, including the attack on Lokayukta Justice Vishwanatha Shetty in his office here last week.
Sharma alleged there was a "pattern" to it.
"This all indicates serious chink in the armour of the security fabric," he said.
"..Even the senior public servants likeLokayukta, senior IAS officers and various common people arevictim of these attacks in the environment which could bepresumed very safe in the normal circumstances," the letter said.
He said people used to rush to public offices when attacked but today the situation is no more the same.
Seeking an appointment with the chief secretary, he said he would demonstrate to her how officers have been demoralised.
"The investigation has been hijacked by the politician inimportant cases and law breakers have lost fear of police.. the specialised agencies headed by senior IPS officers have also become redundant on account of such interferences,"
However, official sources said Siddaramaiah, who is facing the assembly polls in the coming months, was unhappy over the top police official's letter.
In a meeting convened last night, Siddaramaiah stated that he cannot tolerate such indiscipline and also wanted to know how the letter addressed to the chief secretary was leaked to the media, they said.
"What proof is required now to show the pathetic law and order situation in the state," he added.
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