After Almora, more villages brought under ambit of regular police
Uttarakhand has a dual policing system in which civil officials of the revenue department have powers and functions of the police and are known as revenue police.dehradun Updated: Nov 02, 2017 20:23 IST
DEHRADUN: After 95 villages in Almora district were added to the jurisdiction of the regular police force in Uttarakhand, the Nainital police too added 120 villages in Bhowali under its jurisdiction in November.
With this, many important centres are coming under the ambit of the regular police, though the state government has said that the revenue police which are a major form of policing in the hill regions will not be done away with.
The area under revenue police or patwaris in the mountain state is 61.19%, while the area under the regular police is 38.81%. Uttarakhand has a dual policing system in which civil officials of the revenue department have powers and functions of the police and are known as revenue police.
Although regular police are established, the jurisdiction of the police is yet to be extended to in some hill ‘pattis’ and revenue officials perform functions of police like arrest of offenders and investigation. While the sub-divisional magistrate and patwaris run the revenue police, the regular police come under the superintendent of police or senior superintendent of police.
The regular police are made up of personnel in uniform that handle criminal cases and have a number of branches for investigation. The revenue police constitute of the tehsildar, patwari and the sub divisional magistrate who are administrative officials but also have the powers to deal with criminal cases in the hill areas under their jurisdictions.
Former state director general of police AB Lal said the hill areas should also have the benefit of regular policing, which is the standard form of policing and employs the use of technology.
Director general of police Anil Raturi said increasing the area under the regular police is a policy of the government. “We only follow orders if told to bring new areas in our ambit,” he said.
The main reason behind including new areas was primarily based on the law and order issues and was done with the intent of providing better policing facilities, he said. “Many remote areas are also witnessing crime and law and order related problems and the regular police may be better equipped to operate in such areas.”