Commissionerate System of Policing for Lucknow and Noida

In the cabinet meeting chaired by the UP CM Yogi Adityanath, it was decided that both Lucknow and Noida police commissioners will have magisterial powers with an ADG-level officer as police commissioner.

Crux of the Matter
  • The capital city Lucknow and economic capital Noida will now come under the commissionerate system of policing.
  • This aims at giving more powers to the police. The powers also include magisterial powers to the police officers for effective policing.
  • The cabinet also approved setting up two new police stations in Noida along with a network of CCTVs in both the districts.
  • UP Government said that 40 police stations in Lucknow will be brought under the police commissioner who will have a team of two IGs as joint commissioners, nine SP-rank officials and a lady officer of SP rank along with a lady officer of ASP rank.
  • The lady officers will look exclusively into cases relating to crime against women.
  • In Noida, under the ADG rank official as commissioner, there will be two DIGs, five SPs, an SP-rank lady officer & an ASP rank official for traffic control.
  • CM Yogi Aditynath said, “Since the past 50 years, there was a demand to enforce the police commissionerate system for smart policing.”

Police Commissionerate System is headed by a police commissioner. It is practised in cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, etc. Demand for this system is increasing as it gives police a free hand to act freely and take control of any situation. 71 large cities and suburban areas currently have this system. Even during the British rule, the presidency towns of Calcutta, Bombay and Madras had commissionerate system. Reporting to the Police Commissioner are the Joint Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Police and Assistant Commissioner of Police. Commissioners of police and their deputies are empowered as executive magistrates to enforce Section 144 of the CrPC and issue arms licenses. More Info

Delhi Police identifies suspects behind JNU violence

DCP Joy Trikey, who heads the SIT set up to investigate the violence at JNU has said that the Delhi Police has identified 9 suspects and will be serving notices to those identified so far on the basis of photographs and videos being circulated.

Crux of the Matter
  • Police named the JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh as part of one of the groups that attacked students at Periyar hostel at about 3.45 pm.
  • Three criminal cases registered by the police against Aishe and 8 other identified suspects.
  • Aishe Ghosh accused the Delhi Police of building ‘a false narrative’ for the ruling party.
  • Union Minister Smriti Irani has accused Left parties of involvement in the JNU violence.
  • A police officer said two of the nine suspects were from the ABVP. One was identified as a PhD scholar in Sanskrit Yogendra Bharadwaj who was the administrator for “Unity against Left” Whatsapp group.

JNU Mob Attack On 5 January 2020 involved more than 50 masked people armed with rods, sticks and acid attacked the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and injured more than 39 students and teachers. Many students received serious injuries. Professors who tried to intervene and protect the students, as well as ambulances carrying injured individuals, were also attacked. Eyewitnesses stated that policemen within the campus did not intervene to stop the mob. After attacking residents of the University campus for 3 hours, the mob escaped; none of its members was arrested or detained. More Info

Former Police Chief Rajeev Kumar Posted in the WB's IT Department

According to an order issued by the West Bengal government on December 26 former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar has been posted as the principal secretary in the Information, Technology and the Electronics Department.

Crux of the Matter
  • Rajeev Kumar will replace Debasish Sen, who was given an additional charge of the department as the additional chief secretary.
  • He was currently posted as the Additional DG of state CID.
  • Debasish Sen will now be the CMD of the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HIDCO) with an additional charge of Nabadiganta Industrial Township.
  • IPS Rajeev Kumar was part of a Special Investigation Team set up by the state government to investigate the Saradha chit fund scam before the case went to the CBI in 2014. The scam was unearthed in 2013 during Kumar’s tenure as Bidhannagar police commissioner.

The Saradha Group financial scandal was a major financial scam and alleged political scandal caused by the collapse of a Ponzi scheme run by Saradha Group, a consortium of over 200 private companies. The Saradha group of companies allegedly duped lakhs of people to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore, promising higher rates of return on their investments.  In May 2014, the Supreme Court of India, inter-state ramifications, possible international money laundering, serious regulatory failures and alleged political nexus, transferred all investigations into the Saradha scam and other Ponzi schemes to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). More Info

Parliament Passes the Arms Act, 1959 (Amendment) Bill

Parliament has passed the bill to amend the Arms Act, 1959 which will bring in effective control over arms and ammunition by introducing new categories of offences which are very important for safety and security of the country. The bill was passed in Lok Sabha on December 9 and by Rajya Sabha on December 10.

Crux of the Matter
  • The Bill increases the duration of the validity of a firearm license from 3 years to 5 years.
  • A person can now only hold 2 firearms and will have to deposit the third one with police station concerned or authorised gun dealers.
  • Heirloom or heritage weapons can be kept if they have been de-activated.
  • The bill allows members of rifle clubs to use any firearm for target practice instead of the only point 22 bore rifles or air rifles.  
  • The bill now has a provision for life imprisonment for snatching arms from police or other security forces.
  • The bill also accords a special status to sportspersons who need firearms and ammunition for practice and participating in tournaments. 
  • The central government can now make rules to track firearms and ammunition from manufacturer to purchaser to detect, investigate, and analyse illicit manufacturing and trafficking.

The Arms Act, 1959 is a legislation of the Parliament of India to consolidate and amend the law relating to arms and ammunition in order to curb illegal weapons and violence stemming from them. It replaced the Indian Arms Act, 1878. The Act has undergone many changes since 1959. There was also controversy around air guns to be included as part of this act which was rejected by the Supreme Court of India during and amendment in 2010. With approximately five civilian firearms per 100 people, India is the 120th most armed country in the world. As of 2016, there are 3,369,444 firearm licenses active in India with 9,700,000 firearms registered to them. More Info

All 4 Accused in Hyderabad Horror Killed in Police Encounter

All 4 individuals accused of the brutal gangrape, murder and burning of a 26 year old veterinarian in Hyderabad, were shot dead today morning by the police. They had been taken to the site for reconstruction of crime scene when they allegedly tried to escape. They were killed in the ensuing encounter.

Crux of the Matter
  • The nation was shocked by the news of the inhuman gangrape and murder of a 26 year old veterinarian doctor in Hyderabad on 29 Nov. The victim’s body was found in a burnt state near a highway.
  • The 4 men accused of the crime were apprehended by the police the next day. All 4 had confessed to the crime. Their family members had further publicly disowned them for their ghastly act.
  • The Hyderabad police had also been accused of dealing with the situation callously when the victim’s family had initially filed a complaint.
  • The nation was up in arms to protest the national situation regarding the safety of women in the country. People took to the streets across the country to demand swifter action and stricter justice from politicians as well as policemen.
  • Within a week of the crime, the Hyderabad police had taken the accused to the crime spot for reconstruction of incidents. The accused allegedly tried to escape and even managed to snatch some weapons, as per police sources. In the ensuing crossfire, all 4 were killed.

Encounter killing is a term used in South Asia, especially India and Pakistan since the late 20th century to describe extrajudicial killings by the police or the armed forces, allegedly in self-defence, when they encounter suspected gangsters or terrorists. In the 1990s and the mid-2000s, the Mumbai Police used encounter killings to attack the city’s underworld, and the practice spread to other large cities. In Pakistan, the Sindh Police is notorious for extrajudicial killings through fake encounters especially in Karachi. Critics are sceptical of many of these reported incidents, and further complain that the wide acceptance of the practice has led to incidents of the police staging fake encounters to cover-up the killing of suspects when they are either in custody or are unarmed. More Info