Emphasising the need of continuous training to police personnel involved in crime detection, the Bombay High Court on Monday observed that they should not be sent on bandobast duty.
“Detection of crime and safety of citizens should be the prime responsibilities of police,” observed a division bench of Justice B H Marlapalle and Justice Anoop Mohta on Monday.
The high court was hearing a petition filed by Ashwini Rane, wife of Pune builder Nikhil Rane who was shot at on November 23, 2009. He died a week later.
The petition claimed the police probe was “going nowhere” and sought transfer of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The court asked the police to submit a progress report in Rane’s murder in five weeks. Public Prosecutor Pandurang Pol informed the court that the government had passed an order on July 13 to hand over the probe to the state Crime Investigation Department.
In pursuant to earlier HC order, Pune Commissioner of Police Satyapal Singh submitted a report stating 137 cases of murder, 77 rape cases, 70 robbery cases and 33 dacoity cases were registered in Pune between June 2009 and June 2010.
As against this, 210 murder cases, 93 rape cases, 364 robbery cases and 32 dacoity cases were registered in Mumbai in the same period.
Of the 12 undetected murder cases in Pune, in four cases the bodies had decomposed beyond recognition and could not be identified, Pol said. Singh has formed a Special Task Force to detect these cases, Pol added.