By Tiasha Sinha Ray
November 22, 2021:- According to the information presented in the assembly, about 744 police officers of Kerala are involved in criminal cases. Cases have been registered against all the 744 officers under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Of these, 18 officers have been removed from their jobs and the remaining 691 have faced departmental actions. According to another police report from June 1, 2016 to January 1 this year, 667 cases have been filled against police officers. This means that this year alone, at least 77 cases have been registered against police officers for alleged involvement in criminal cases.
Suspended IPS officer G Lakshman, who is latest in the list, now facing a departmental investigation for abiding and abetting fraudster Monson Mavunkal.
In addition, the government had to take departmental action against 43 officials for violating the human rights of citizens till January 1. In an order issued on April 12, 2018, the Human Rights Commission directed the government to take action against the officers involved in the offenses prescribed under Section 86 of the Kerala Police Act, 2011.
At least a dozen circulars, notifications, instructions and advice have been issued from the police headquarters at the field level to ensure that the police behave politely and with dignity while dealing with the public.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked the police officers to be professional in their work while meeting with them from time to time.
A statement issued on the basis of such a meeting on July 16, 2019 stated, "Police officials should not use foul language and instead, their behavior should be with a compassion towards the people approaching them."
Also on January 12 this year, the CM informed the legislative assembly that the government has been able to ensure polite treatment of the people by the police.
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