The Government Railway Police (GRP) has initiated a crackdown against repeat offenders by initiating preventive action against them. They had externed 12 convicts in September. The GRP expects to bring down the number of criminal cases by these measures.
In August 18 more people repeat offenders were barred from entering the city and its neighbouring districts thus increasing the number of externed people to 30 in the last two months, said officials.
Commenting on this, a senior GRP official said that it is being considered as an effective step to curb crimes as almost all the criminals in railway police’s jurisdiction are habitual. The police would now analyse the data to check if the move being practised over the last two months have yielded positive results.
“We are conducting a detailed study of the repeat offenders operating here on the basis of their past records. We are categorising them as convicts, chargesheeted offenders and those who are only booked without falling in the earlier two categories. Our current priority are the convicts,” said Niket Kaushik, commissioner GRP.
While the convicts are on the radar now, eventually others would also be part of the preventive action, said officials. “As there is a dearth of officers at the level of assistant commissioner of police, we are trying to issue as many externment orders as possible,” added Kaushik.
The primary criteria for externment include at least two convictions and extensive criminal past. The list is exhaustive and as many persons as possible are being barred every month by GRP.
The externees are not allowed to enter Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts and are mostly let off in their native places if they are not in the list of the barred cities and districts.
Officials added that there is a mechanism used to keep tabs on such persons by involving the local police and the railway police officials from the place where the externed convicts are let off.
While most of the externed convicts do not violate the order, some do return to the city. When they are caught, further action is initiated as per the provisions of law, said officials from the GRP.
The officials are also preparing detailed lists of crimes and the offenders. This would help them find how many habitual criminals are involved into specific crimes, claimed sources.
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