Delhi leads in complaints against cops

Delhi Police fared the worst when it came to complaints against the men in khaki for alleged irregularities last year, while their Uttar Pradesh counterparts came a close second.

Out of 61,765 complaints filed against cops across India, 22 per cent (12,805 cases) were registered in Delhi, a report prepared by the National Crime Records Bureau said. Uttar Pradesh came second with 19.4 per cent (11,971 cases) complaints registered, while Madhya Pradesh recorded 17.3 per cent (10,683 cases) of the total complaints, the NCRB report said.

However, only 47 out of the 61,765 complaints registered across the country ended in convictions.

The report stated that inquiries were instituted in as many as 21,672 cases in all states and Union Territories. Out of these, departmental inquiries were initiated in 21,144 cases, magisterial inquiries in 282 cases and judicial inquiries in 246 cases. ‘Thus, inquiries were instituted in 35.1 per cent complaints. The total number of cases that were either not substantiated or not found true was 28,789 which amounted to 46.6 per cent of the total complaints reported. ‘An increase of 5.7 per cent was noticed in reported complaints against police personnel as compared to the previous year (from 58,438 in the year 2010 to 61,765 in 2011),’ the report said.

Cases were either withdrawn or disposed of in respect of 475 police personnel. Trials were completed in respect of 439 police men out of which 392 were acquitted and 47 were convicted, the NCRB said.

The NCRB said disciplinary actions were initiated against 26,736 policemen in 21,144 cases, which attracted departmental inquiry.

Cases involving 8,500 policemen were either withdrawn or otherwise disposed of. Departmental inquiries were completed against 15,090 personnel, on the basis of which 873 were either dismissed or removed from service.

‘The highest dismissals/removals were reported from Bihar (252) accounting for 28.9 per cent followed by Delhi (162), Uttar Pradesh (108) and Punjab (98). Minor punishments were given to 15,004 police personnel and major punishments were awarded to 4,482 police personnel during this period,’ the NCRB report said. The highest number of complaints per 100 policemen was reported from Delhi (17.0) followed by Madhya Pradesh (14.7) and Chandigarh (10.1) against the national average of 3.7 during the year 2011, it said.
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