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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in the Assembly that a total of 828 police officers have been accused in criminal cases within the last six years. Beypore coastal police station Circle Inspector PR Sunu, who was dismissed from service the other day, is also involved in two such cases.
The state home ministry has initiated action to dismiss policemen who are accused in serious crimes. As per reports, at least 60 officers are involved in similar offences.
According to data, Thiruvananthapuram accounts for the highest number of officers who have been involved in serious crimes.
|Convicted by court||14|
|Involved in court cases||23|
|Involved in murder cases||1|
|FIRs cancelled by court||30|
|Cases under investigation||89|
|Cops dismissed from service from 2016 till now||13|
According to Article 311 of the constitution, appointing officers are the ones who can dismiss policemen involved in crimes. They should be informed about the crimes and evidence against the police officers, after conducting department-level probes. The accused officers should also be given an opportunity to explain their side. However, the dismissal order is issued by the Home Ministry.
Who can be dismissed?
Those officers involved in the following cases can be dismissed from service.
- Custodial death
- Attack on women and children
- Dowry harassment case
- Repetition of the same crime
- Violence, unethical crimes
- Crimes that could be given punishment of life imprisonment or imprisonment for 10 years