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'Al Qaeda is a corporate entity'

December 15, 2008
"Society does not care for an upright officer," says Yogesh Pratap Singh who resigned from the Indian Police Service in 2005, fed up with what he says was the corruption in Maharashtra politics and the state police force.

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In the second part of his candid interview with's Archana Masih, he discusses the terrorist attacks and what the once highly respected Mumbai police force could learn from it.

Is it difficult to be an upright police officer in Maharashtra?

An upright officer faces disappointment from everywhere. Society does not care for him. They will make a hero of a dead officer. They will never make a hero of an officer, who is alive, but dead. I was intellectually, morally and emotionally dead in the police force just because I was not tolerating corruption.

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Even in a corporate set-up when a boss wants to ease his subordinate, he doesn't fire him, he makes him powerless. My situation was like that. I left because of the harassment meted out to me.

Image: Mumbai citizens protest at the Gateway of India a week after the terror strikes. Photograph: Sanjay Sawant

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