Anantnag: In a bid to present an acceptable image of the police in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, the police have began operating accounts pertaining to different police stations on social networking site facebook.
The attempt comes after senior officials of the department have already claimed space on social media to interact with the general public.
Only recently Inspector General of Police (IGP), Munir Khan, had taken to micro-blogging site Twitter, where he shared his phone number and asked people to contact him in case they were harassed by the police.
“Any feedback or complaint relating to harassment by police (Kashmir zone) can be shared directly with me. firstname.lastname@example.org, +919419032223,” Khan wrote on his Twitter handle on August 18.
Anantnag police seems to have taken a leaf out of Khan’s book.
As per reports more than a dozen accounts-pertaining to different police station-have popped up on Facebook, over the last less than a week now.
Police stations Achabal, Kokernag, Pahalgam, Mattan, Anantnag Sadder are among the Facebook accounts that have popped up over the social networking sites.
The accounts have little online activity for now and all they have been sharing is pictures of their police stations or pictures of functions held within the respective police station.
In addition to that some of the accounts have been sharing the picture of minor daughter of slain ASI, from Qazigund killed recently in Anantnag.
The police sources however say that the aim is to give a more humane face to the police force.
“There is a need of an image makeover of the police. Police is being seen in bad light in Kashmiri society and that needs to change. Social media might help. These Facebook accounts are a step towards that,” a senior police official told Kashmir Reader.
“If we want to reach out to the younger generation, I guess there is no greater tool in today’s world than the social media,” the official said.
Anantnag SSP, Altaf Khan, however maintains that the accounts are meant to take policing to the doorstep of the common people.
“Social media will help bridge the gap, if any, between police and the general public,” Khan said.
The response, so far, seems to be anything but cold from the general public though.
The P S ‘Anantnag Sadder’, supposedly catering to major chunk of the population, has only 27 friends in the list.