Story when Lal Bahadur Shastri curbed riots, appointed women conductors & ordered Police to use water instead of lathis to disperse unruly crowds

As the Transport Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri was the first to appoint women conductors. As the minister in charge of the Police Department, he ordered that police use jets of water instead of lathis to disperse unruly crowds. His tenure as police minister (As Home Minister was called prior to 1950) saw successful curbing of communal riots in 1947, mass migration and resettlement of refugees.

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