Haryana DGP K.P. Singh stunned the audience at a public event on Thursday evening when he said common people have the right to kill if they witness a crime.
While delivering a talk on the role of police in panchayati raj in Haryana’s Jind, the top cop said common man can kill a person who is attempting to rape a woman or trying to kill another person.
According to media reports, Singh, who was appointed DIG after his predecessor Yashpal Singhal was forced out of the office for his inefficient handling of the Jat stir, said the law allows you to kill another person if the latter tries to destroy your house or kill a person. Noting that common people are not aware of this law, he said, "This is not just a policeman's duty. If someone insults a woman or tries to kill a person, then the common man has the right to take the criminal's life."
After he drew sharp reactions from various quarters for supporting vigilantism, Singh clarified that he was only trying to explain Sections 100 and 103 of the IPC which allow people to kill in self-defence.