The DGP’s report stated that it was matter of concern as well as shock that officers are involved in criminal cases.

387 Kerala police personnel are accused in criminal cases DGP to Human Rights panelFile Photo.
news Police Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 17:24

There are 387 police personnel in Kerala who are accused in criminal cases, stated a report submitted by DGP Loknath Behera to the State Human Rights Commission.

Among the police personnel, who include officers, some have returned to the police department after serving punishment.

The State Human Rights Commission had recently sought a report from the DGP following a complaint pointing to the increasing number of incidents, where police personnel were involved in criminal cases.

The DGP’s report stated that it was matter of concern as well as shock that officers are involved in criminal cases.

"The DGP submitted the report on the direction of the Commission," sources told TNM.

The Commission has directed the police to initiate action against the accused cops under Section 86 of the Kerala Police Act. The Section stipulates that the police personnel who are involved in the criminal cases should be suspended from service if found guilty.

The police force has a total of 1,129 police officers, who were facing criminal charges, according to the report

The Home Department formed a panel to identify the criminals among police in 2011 following a High Court order.

Recent incidents of laxity in acting on complaints of severe nature had tainted the image of the Kerala police force. On June 6, a man was beaten up allegedly by police personnel attached to the Edathala police station in Aluva after his bike collided with the car they were traveling in. This is the fourth such controversy in the recent past involving the police.

 Kevin, a 23-year-old Kottayam native was abducted and killed by his wife’s kin after the police delayed action on a missing complaint filed by his family in May.

In April, Sreejith, a youth from Varapuzha in Ernakulam, succumbed to his injuries following custodial torture.  

The recent arrest of a theatre owner, who exposed a case of child abuse which took place in a Malappuram theatre has been condemned by many. Critics accused the Kerala police of attempting to shift the blame of its inaction to the man, who tried to get her justice.  

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