Each police station will be asked to take the responsibility of the cases registered in their police station and present the accused before the court.

A senior police officer will be posted on the premises to oversee this arrangement and to address other security issues on Mangalore court premises, said Commissioner of Police Seemant Kumar Singh.

These steps were being taken following his meeting with the Principal District Judge H.R. Deshpande and other judicial officers of the district on Wednesday.

The Hindu had published a story on Wednesday about undertrials languishing in Mangalore District Prison because of delay in presenting them before the courts.

Mr. Singh said during the meeting the judicial officers expressed concern and they wanted an increase in the number of policemen on the court premises.

Escort

Mr. Singh told The Hindu that there were 17 courts in the city where undertrials had to be presented.

The number of CAR personnel, who generally escort the undertrials, were far less compared to the demand and thus leading to the delay.

“There has been callousness on the part of our staff that has resulted in delay in some cases,” he said.

Coordination

Mr. Singh said a decision had been taken to ask the jurisdictional police stations to take the responsibility of presenting undertrials in cases registered with that police station.

“For instance, in the witchcraft murder case, the Mangalore East police would be asked to ensure production of the accused (74-year-old Kamalaksha Purusha and 24-year-old Chandrakala),” he said.

Mr. Singh said a senior police officer would be in the court to coordinate the work.

He would look into the security arrangements in the court where the accused, who were known for creating disturbance, were produced, he said.

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