Centre’s direction to state to reduce arrests and get rewarded
Thrissur: Kerala Police have begun measures to reduce the number of arrests as per the directive of the Union Home Ministry. DGP Loknath Behera sent out letters to all SPs in the state in this connection.
The SPs have been directed to send the evaluation reports regarding this to the police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram before 5th of every month. The centre has also promised proper reward if the Kerala Police try to reduce the number of arrests.
The DGP has stated in his letter that arrests need to be recorded only if it is absolutely necessary. The Union Home ministry allots lakhs of rupees every year to the state police for its improvement and these grant are given with certain conditions. And as part of that, this year the Union government included a condition to reduce the number of arrests.
Police must exercise caution when trying to avoid arresting an accused who try to destroy the evidence or try to influence the witnesses or try to absent themselves from the court proceedings. There are allegations that rules relating to arrests are not followed strictly and the centre is moving ahead to avoid unwanted imprisonments.