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Thiruvananthapuram: A latest report reveals that 744 officers of Kerala Police are facing criminal cases against them.
It is worth noting that several of these cops are facing severe criminal charges, including sexual assault, violence against minors and women, custodial death and others. As many as 65 policemen are facing charges sexual assault.
Earlier this week, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan reiterated that the police force does not hold any obligation to save fellow cops from criminal cases. However, the data reveals that only 18 policemen were sacked for their involvement in criminal cases.
Generally, the department suspends officials for six months and reinstate them later. Further, the department-level enquiries against these cops also lag behind, often letting the accused escape for a long time. In some cases, the cops involved in criminal cases would be transferred to other stations.
Earlier, cops involved in criminal cases were never given the charge of maintaining law and order. However, this convention is often ignored nowadays. For instance, Beypore coastal CI, PR Sunu, who was taken into custody over a gang rape complaint, is accused in several cases, including sexual assault. Despite these accusations, he was given charge of maintaining law and order.
Criminal cases- district wise
Thiruvananthapuram City: 84
Thiruvananthapuram Rural: 110
Kollam City: 48
Kollam Rural: 42
Ernakulam City: 50
Ernakulam Rural: 40
Thrissur City: 36
Thrissur Rural: 30
Kozhikode City: 18
Kozhikode Rural: 16