Regular police to replace revenue police following court orderdehradun Updated: Feb 10, 2018 21:11 IST
Uttarakhand high court.(HT FILE)
Following a high court order directing the government to abolish the revenue policing system introduced by the British, the state police department has started preparing a list of areas where it will be phased out.
The Uttarakhand High Court in January said that the old revenue police system was obsolete and ordered the state government to abolish it within six months.
The areas shortlisted are in the hilly region of the state and 233 villages in the Kalsi, Chakrata and Tyuni regions of Dehradun district will be abolished and brought under the ambit of regular policing system, said a top state police official.
“The government will take a decision on the villages that will come under the ambit of regular policing in the state,” said state director general of police Anil Raturi.
“The regular police will provide better investigation facilities in the hill regions as the revenue police are technologically ill-equipped as well as logistically handicapped,” he said.
This apart, police stations will be opened in the hill districts of Almora and Pithoragharh for better policing, Raturi said.
In October last year, 97 villages were brought under the ambit of the regular police in Almora, he said.
Uttarakhand is the only the state in the country where patwaris have the right to arrest an accused and investigate a case in an area falling under their revenue jurisdiction.
Only 39% of area of the state is under the jurisdiction of the regular police and rest is with the revenue police – a system introduced by the British in 1861.
Though the revenue police have the right to arrest people it lacks the proper capabilities to investigative criminal cases.
The regular police will serve the hill areas better as the revenue police have become redundant in a modern-day world, where the use of technology is essential, said SS Pangti, a retired bureaucrat.
“Crime is on the rise in the hill areas of the state due to which there is need for regular police as they have better in crime solving methods and have a pan-India network,” he said.