Uttar Pradesh: Police conducting “Durachari Sabha” to keep a check on history sheeters

Published on Aug 09, 2022 01:15 AM IST

The initiative has been taken by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Saharanpur, Vipin Tanda, who had recently been transferred to Saharanpur from Gorakhpur.

Uttar Pradesh: Police conducting “Durachari Sabha” to keep a check on history sheeters (Pic for representation)
Uttar Pradesh: Police conducting “Durachari Sabha” to keep a check on history sheeters (Pic for representation)
ByS Raju, Meerut

To keep an effective check and control on history sheeters, Saharanpur police are conducting “Durachari Sabha” every Sunday at all the police stations in the district. The district has total 1315 historysheeters.

The initiative has been taken by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Saharanpur, Vipin Tanda, who had recently been transferred to Saharanpur from Gorakhpur.

Tanda said that motive behind organising “Durachari Sabha” was to keep an effective check and control on history sheeters of diffetent police stations in the district.

He further said that incharges of all police stations have been directed to convene “Durachari Sabha” every Sunday at their respective police stations.

“All registered history sheeter criminals of the area are informed about the meeting and that they had to be present at police stations at the scheduled time. Police get feedback of their daily life and also advice them not to indulge in any kind of illegal activities. Police also warn them of stern action if found involved in any illegal and criminal activities,” said Tanda.

The second “Durachari Sabha” was convened at different police stations on Sunday and attended by 208 history sheeter criminals.

Seven registered history sheeters attended the sabha in Kotwali Nagar police station, 14 in Mandi, 16 in Kutubsher, 3 in Sadar Bazar, 8 in Kotwali Dehat, 10 in Janakpuri, 8 in Fatehpuri, 12 in Behat, 17 in Rampur Manisharan and 18 in Deoband police station.

Inspector of Deoband police station Prabhakar Kentura said the initiative was helping us reach out to history sheeter criminals and to understand and scrutinize them.

“During the meeting, we make list of criminals who are over aged and are no more active in crime for years now and send it to the SSP who has the right to close their historysheets,” said Prabhakar.

He said his police station has 121 historysheeters and 25 percent of them had been called to attend the meeting every Sunday.

“So far more than 60 such registered criminals have attended the “Durachari Sabha” in the past two Sundays. The remaining criminals are also expected to join in next two meetings,” he said. “During the meeting these historysheeters were asked about their present profession, their families, when was last crime registered against them, their age and what are their plans for future,” said Prabhakar.

He said during the last two meetings, six to seven historysheeters, who attended the sabha, were over 65-years of age and were not found involved in any crime for years. On the other hand, there were many young criminals who had been advised not to get involved in any illegal and criminal activities otherwise stern action would be initiated against them.

Prabhakar said a few of the historysheeters were hesitant to attend the meeting at first. “But, conversation with them in a cordial way has allayed their fears and they are now attending meeting in good numbers,” he said.

However, vice president of Bhartiya Kisan Union, Saharanpur division, Ravindra Rana said that people were being deprived of justice in police stations and convening such meetings would not be of any good to the society.

He said that farmers bring their problems during Kisan Diwas every Wednesday but their problems barely get resolved. He suggested that police need to be more sensitive and sympathetic to win peoples’ hearts and trust instead of indulging in such eyewash activities.

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