Cops to hunt for 107 missing history-sheeters in Kumaon
Police in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region have found that as many as 107 people with criminal records and with slew of cases registered against them are untraceabledehradun Updated: Jan 25, 2018 21:51 IST
Police in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region have found that as many as 107 people with criminal records and with slew of cases registered against them are untraceable.
Concerned over the lack of monitoring of history-sheeters and their whereabouts, inspector general of police (Kumaon range) PS Rawat has directed district police chiefs to depute a constable in every police station to trace the missing criminals.
The Kumaon division has six districts. Police said there are 881 criminals against whom a number of cases are registered in different police stations and out of whom 107 are missing or untraceable.
The missing criminals have neither been staying at their known addresses nor are in contact with the local police or their neighbours or acquaintances for years, police said.
Police too have no clue about their whereabouts, officials said.
“I have directed district police chiefs to depute a constable in each police station to trace the missing criminals,” said Rawat.
“I have also instructed district police chiefs to prepare dossiers of the missing criminals with details of the dates since when they have been missing or have disappeared and if any of the people with criminal records are dead, then the cases against them must be closed,” he said.
Police stations are responsible for monitoring people with criminal records and the cases registered against them, but have failed to keep tabs on these people.
Police rule and regulations state that activities or movement of people with criminal records must be monitored by calling them regularly to report to the local police station but the norms are not being followed for years.
Some of missing people in the district with criminal records or cases against them may be dead or are no longer involved in crime due to old age, said Udham Singh Nagar senior superintendent of police Sadanand Date.
“Records of such criminals are being checked and we are updating the list of habitual offenders,” he said.
According to police records, Udham Singh Nagar has the maximum 641 people with criminal records, and out of whom 63 are missing while in Nainital, 27 out of 150 people who have criminal cases registered against them, have disappeared from the district without a trace.
In Pithoragarh six out of 40 criminal are missing, followed by Almora where five out 22 criminal against whom a number of cases are registered, are missing while in Champawat, three out of 19 are untraceable and in Bageshwar three out of nine are missing, the records show.