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Its back to school for City policemen

IT?S STUDY time for police officers of Indore, as a major exercise over Minor Acts is afoot these days. From 5 pm to 7.30 pm everyday, finer nuances of Minor Acts are being drummed into CSP and TIs through classes.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 13:26 IST

IT’S STUDY time for police officers of Indore, as a major exercise over Minor Acts is afoot these days. From 5 pm to 7.30 pm everyday, finer nuances of Minor Acts are being drummed into CSP and TIs through classes.

Unlike other run of the mill refresher classes that police officers are subjected to, these classes are not a place where they can come, sit and stare blankly while the instructor drones on, sometimes yawn, have tea and snacks, slip out in between and then go home, none the wiser.

For one, each of the CSPs have been given the task of studying one Minor Act in detail and prepare an exhaustive handout to be distributed among their colleagues.

Then there are interactive sessions, moderated by DPOs (District Prosecuting Officers) and ADPOs, where practical problems faced on the field while enforcing these Minor Acts are discussed threadbare.

Around 12 Minor Acts, dealing with topics like cow slaughter, immoral traffic, information technology, religious conversion, money lending among others, have been chosen for the seven-day session.

To the uninitiated, Minor Acts are those that are not covered by the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and have been framed by various state governments or the Centre, as and when need arose.

Though important, the Minor Acts do not come in use on a daily basis, because even today the bulk of criminal activities are covered by the ubiquitous IPC framed by the British way back in 1860.

Not surprisingly, many of the officials are not fully conversant about the exact provisions of Minor Acts, and where all they can be applied. In most cases when ever they were faced with dealing with such acts, they would invariably turn to the DPOs and ADOPs, describe the case and ask which Act and which Sections of the Act they would have to apply.

More than the onerous task of preparing for the coming lesson, it is the presence of SP Adarsh Katiyar in these classes everyday that is compelling the officials to take them seriously.

Not only is Katiyar very sincere about the classes, arriving each day dot at 5.30 pm, he has also warned that being absent from the classes would mean being slapped with a show-cause notice! Whether it’s simply an empty threat is something which none of officials are willing to test.

So, dutifully, the police officials troop in for the classes, gear their brains into attention mode to grasp facts about these Acts. Of course, while some, like good students, prepare in advance and know something about the  lesson, the not-so-diligent ones are left scanning though the handout about the Act before the lessons begin!

So if during any evening this week you are trying to contact a TI or CSP over mobile and they are not responding, just remember for them it is study time.