Reforms committee recommends giving police power to charge KAAPA against criminals
Thiruvananthapuram: The Police, Prison Reformation Committee stated that more power should be handed over to the police department to stop crime.
The report submitted to the Chief Minister also stated that a new police act should be passed to control the criminals and that district police chiefs should be given the power to charge Kerala Anti-social Activities (Prevention) Act (KAAPA) against criminals.
The report suggested that while the police department has to be made more people-friendly, strict action should be taken against criminals. Dr. Alexander Jacob and Vinod Bhattathiri were members of the committee headed by Dr. CN Ramachandran.
The report was handed over to the Chief Minister on Thursday morning. Currently, the power to impose KAAPA on criminals lies with the district Collector. Since Collectors are always busy, they may not be able to look into these cases. Hence, this power should be given to district police chiefs.
Kerala should follow the footsteps of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to introduce laws to curb criminal activities, said the 162 page long report.
The officers who make serious mistakes in duty should be removed from service. Corrupt police officers should also not be allowed to continue in the service .
There have been instances where criminals have escaped when they were being taken to the court from jails for trial. Hence, a modern system should be developed in which the criminals can appear for trial in the jail itself.