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UP: With catchy taglines, village panels to provide ‘justice at doorstep’

Majority of cases, mainly from rural areas, which are pending for investigation with the police or for justice in court may now get easily resolved through mutual consent.

lucknow Updated: Jul 16, 2018 14:45 IST
Rohit K Singh
Rohit K Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow

Majority of cases, mainly from rural areas, which are pending for investigation with the police or for justice in court may now get easily resolved through mutual consent.

The state police administration has launched an initiative ‘Justice at your doorstep’ throughout the state to resolve land disputes and petty issues related to drains, water, walking passage or family problems by forming committees at village levels.

To attract the attention of the people, these committees are being given attractive titles and taglines.

Though the formation of committees has begun in several districts, Rae Bareli and Muzaffarnagar have taken the lead where the plan has already taken off.

In Rae Bareli, these committees have been named ‘Panch Parmeshwar’ which comprise of existing and former pradhans, a woman member, an elderly person and a youngster.

In Muzaffarnagar, the committees are known as ‘Sambhrant Police Mitra’ with the tagline ‘Gaon ke jhagde, gaon me niptaye, court kachahri hum kyon jayein’.

UP director general of police (DGP) OP Singh said a detailed circular regarding the constitution of committees at village level as a part of community policing, aimed at providing justice at people’s doorstep and reducing police cases and civil disputes, had been sent to several districts.

“If the campaign yields good results, it would be implemented across all the districts of the state,” Singh said.

He added the officers at district level would be felicitated if they came out with more innovative plans to make these committees more effective.

Superintendent of police (SP), Rae Bareli, Sujata Singh said the credit of the work went to circle officer, Dalmau, Vineet Singh as he had come up with the title ‘Panch Parmeshwar’.

Singh said he had launched the campaign in all the four police stations of Dalmau circle — Dalmau, Unchahar, Gadaganj and Jagatganj. He said at least 42 committees had been constituted in 88 villages of the police circle.

“The committees will have existing and former village pradhans, a woman, an elderly and a youngster so that all the age groups get representation. These committees will work under the supervision of police officials at different levels,” he added.

“The committees are working well and have disposed of over 42 disputes in less than a month,” Singh said.

He said as different districts have different problems, officials concerned had been asked to constitute the committee keeping their requirements in view.

Superintendent of police (SP), Muzaffarnagar, Anant Deo said he had formed such committees in the entire district and named it ‘Sambhrant Police Mitra’ group.

“The tagline of the campaign is ‘Gaon ke jhagde, gaon me niptaye, police kachahri hum kyon jayein’ (Village disputes should be resolved within the villages, why to approach police and court on small issues). Minor disputes among villagers often turn ugly and sometime become a law and order problem or result in heinous crimes. If not, villagers lodge police complaints or move the court,” he said.

“Over a hundred committees have been constituted in the district. As Muzaffarnagar is communally sensitive, members of Hindu and Muslim communities have also been included in the committees,” Deo said.

He added that the committees would help villagers resolve the issues through discussions.

“Legal recourse comes with hefty cost and untold hardship to the common man,” he said.

First Published: Jul 16, 2018 14:44 IST