The Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, called on India's police force to stand"vigilant"?
The Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, called on India's police force to stand"vigilant" against forces, whom she said, were working secretly to destroy democracy in India.
Mrs. Gandhi was speaking at a ceremony in Delhi, where she presented twenty policemen -- one of them posthumously - with medals for gallantry and distinguished service.
The Prime Minister told the assembled police force of Delhi that before independence the police were used "as an instrument of suppression".
However she added that now the police force should "befriend the people".
Mrs. Gandhi said there were violent tendencies in the country at the present time and the police should shoulder a greater responsibility in keeping law and order within the nation.
She warned the police that although there were people in India out to destroy democracy, the police should make sure they do not "succeed in their wicked designs".
The Prime Minister praised the Delhi police "for the proud performance" they displayed during the recent "difficult times".
Mrs. Gandhi was accompanied by her son, Sanjay Gandhi.