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Demand for Thiruvananthapuram metropolitan police system receives a jolt Demand for Thiruvananthapuram metropolitan police system receives a jolt

Jan-17-2015 | 0 Comments


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The demand for creating a metropolitan commissionerate system in the capital by conferring magisterial powers to police commissioner has received a serious setback with the government's decision to split Thiruvananthapuram corporation.

The government had come up with an order on January 29, 2013, sanctioning setting up metropolitan police system for Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi that would empower the police commissioners of the two cities to exercise magisterial powers.

The powers to implement Kerala Anti-Social Activities Prevention Act 2007 (Kaapa) and the powers like preventive detention under the CrPC section 107 can be exercised by the police under the system.

Population barrier as said in the criminal procedure code (CrPC) has posed as a technical hurdle before setting up the new policing system in Thiruvananthapuram.

According to section 8 (1) of CrPC, "the state government may, by notification, declare that, as from such date as may be specified in the notification, any area in the state comprising a city or town whose population exceeds one million shall be a metropolitan area for the purposes of this Code".

Also, the section (2) of the Kerala Police Act, 2011 says, "Words and expressions used and not defined in this Act, but defined in the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Central Act 45 of 1860) or in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Central Act 2 of 1974) shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them therein," which means that the metropolitan police system as envisaged by the Kerala Police Act can only be framed within the ambit of the CrPC.

According to government sources, "Even in the existing situation when there are 100 wards in the corporation with a total of 7.5 lakh population, the capital is not qualified to be categorized under a metropolitan city. With 12 wards going to the new municipality, it is most unlikely that the corporation would in any way satisfy the population requirement."

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