Chennai: Making her mandate clear to the state
police, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday asked
them to handle rioters, murderers and dacoits with an "iron
"You (police) should serve with responsibility and
dedication. You should be a friend to those who respect law.
At the same time, you should crush rioters, murderers and
dacoits with an iron fist," Jayalalithaa said during the
passing our parade ceremony for sub inspectors at the Tamil
Nadu Police Academy in the city outskirts here.
A total of 1,061 sub inspectors including 307 women
officers completed their training at the 129-acre campus.
Stressing importance of training to police officers, she
said they make reflect the ideals taught to them during the
"While on service, you should remember that law was made to
serve mankind. It would not be correct to follow law without
observing humanity," she said.
Observing that mercy be shown only to those who deserve,
Jayalalithaa said, "you should take the hardline when your
soft approach is not working. But, your being hard should
remain within the limits of necessity."
Listing out her government`s efforts to modernise the
police department, she said, "only these steps have given the
police a new change."