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K.T. Thomas panel recommendations will be implemented: Minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A special police investigation team would be constituted before December as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said.

Replying to questions in the Assembly on Monday, Mr. Balakrishnan said the team would be equipped to probe cases in a scientific manner. The mode of investigation will be modified. The Police Act and Manual and the training curriculum too would be amended, he said. The panel appointed by the Government to amend the manual is expected to submit its report within three months.

The K.T. Thomas Committee recommendations for police reforms will be examined and implemented in a phased manner. The committee has recommended restructure of lock-ups and introduction of a centralised system. The Home Minister said the Government had appointed a panel to study the feasibility of the new system mooted by the commission. He said the police force would be modernised. The Government will not allow third-degree measures in police stations. In order to lessen the workload on the force, an eight-hour duty system has been introduced in 17 police stations and it will be extended all over the State in phases.

The cases charged against political leaders during the past five years will be withdrawn with the permission of the court. Women police control rooms have been opened in Malappuram, Thrissur and Palakkad. More stations will be opened soon. Police spokespersons will be appointed in all districts to brief the media about the progress of investigation in various cases, he said. As many as 2,035 cases of women harassment were registered and the accused in 1,363 cases were arrested since the LDF Government assumed office.

Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy said posts of 1,011 doctors were vacant. Liabilities of Kerala State Housing Board till March last was Rs.1,019.75 crore, Housing Minister Benoy Viswom said.