Perturbed over being labelled as the one having the highest number of proclaimed offenders among the 27 police districts of the state, the Jalandhar police commissionerate has decided to take action against guarantors who had sponsored bails in the court.
The police commissionerate will concentrate on nabbing those accused who have jumped the bail and have become proclaimed offenders (POs) under Sections 299 by issuing summons to guarantors who had sponsored their bail.
Under the jurisdiction of the police commissionerate, 831 criminals have been declared POs under Sections 82 and 83 of the CrPc and 2,208 under Section 299. Many of them have been on the run for the past three decades.
The police will take possession of case files by filling application in respective courts that have declared the accused POs for not appearing in hearings.
After checking the files, those who had given guarantee and submitted bail money in the court, will be summoned by the proclaimed offenders’ branch of the police commissionerate.
The special branch of police would also co-ordinate with the PO branch under the supervision of the deputy commissioner of police (DCP).
The guarantors will be given seven days to inform the police of the whereabouts of the accused, for whom they had submitted money as surety to get bail. If guarantors fail to give any information about the accused, the process of forfeiting the bail money will be started.
Earlier, the police commissionerate have been thinking of pasting the photographs of POs at public places but it did not work out well.
During the recent parliamentary elections, POs had become a cause for concern for the state government and police commissionerate. The DGP had also issued strict instructions to the district heads to nab the POs and put them behind bars to ensure fair elections.
Before the elections, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had also asked the police to launch a special drive to nab POs within six months but nothing much came out of the directions.
Among the POs are many dreaded criminals, including Daljit Singh Bhana and Yudhvir who had shot dead two youths on February 27 in broad daylight in Basti Bawa Khel. On May 8, 2012, gang members of Bhana also shot dead Prince in the same locality.
The police also announced cash rewards for information leading to arrest pf POs but these efforts failed to yield anything.
When contacted, DCP Naveen Singla said, “This system has been adopted to speed up the process of arresting POs”.
He added that earlier, no one was issuing summons to guarantors and hoped that this process will help the police commissionerate.