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Sawant urges people to cooperate with CISF men

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been deployed not to punish people but to maintain law and order situation in the state. However, he said that there has to be some control over unnecessary movement and urged people to cooperate.

Sawant was responding to media queries on a video that went viral on social media wherein a CISF man is seen hitting a youth while using a lathi. The incident occurred in the city on Sunday.

Sawant said, “They (CISF) have been brought here not to punish people. We don’t want to punish anyone. Finally, we have to maintain law and order here.” He further said that there are incidents wherein people inspite of telling several times do not listen and are seen moving.

“I have also witnessed it. Without any reason, youth are seen moving on motorcycles,” he said. “There is risk (of getting infected). The restrictions are for their own and family’s safety. Stay at home. There has to be some control (on the movements) and people should cooperate,” said Sawant.

Reacting to the CISF incident, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jaspal Singh said that it is an isolated incident and people should not form their opinion about CISF based on the incident. “CISF is a citizen-friendly force, very professional and courteous. People have seen their behaviour at our airports. They have already been sensitised to adopt good standards of citizen interface at these stressed times. I just want to reassure people that from an isolated incident people should not form their opinion about CISF,” said Singh.

He said, “CISF has been inducted to lessen burden on Goa police, as we still have a long way to go. It is a thoroughbred professional force. People are requested not to assess the force by the action of an overzealous man for being harsh on two persons.”

He said, “I would like people to cooperate with police and do not step out unless absolutely necessary. No loitering is allowed.” Some youngsters have been seen taking joyrides at these critical times. “By exposing them to risk, they are jeopardising the lives of their families as well,” said Singh.

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