Says the government will not tolerate violation of law by the police
KOCHI: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said the State government will not tolerate violation of law by the police at the time of arrest of an accused.
Addressing a high-level meeting of senior police officials from across the State here on Friday, Mr. Balakrishnan observed that incidents of alleged police atrocities were on the rise in the State.
He cited the case of custodial death in the Puthur murder case as a blot on the police's image. He, however, lauded the force for the prompt arrest of the accused in the case. Mr. Balakrishnan lamented that despite repeated directives, complainants approaching the police stations were not properly treated. The Minister asked the police to observe the law in its letter and spirit from the time an accused is arrested to the moment he is produced before the court.
Mr. Balakrishnan asked the police to enforce the relevant provisions of the anti-social activities prevention law to reign in goonda gangs and those engaged in illegal hawala money transactions. He said some lower rung police officials were found to have connections with the sand lobby and asked the superior officials to look into the issue and take punitive action.
The Minister said that of late Left fundamentalism had been reported in various forms. Without referring to any particular incident, he said that these fundamentalist elements were engaged in issues of public interest to gain popular support.
The Minister directed district police superintendents to act in tandem with the 76 coastal alert committees in the State to ensure coastal security. Amidst the criticism, Mr. Balakrishnan also had words of praise for his force. He said studies had shown a drop in the number of crimes and accidents across the State. He commended effective policing to unearth hawala transactions in districts like Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur.