DCPs to be special executive magistrates too in 3 cities

DCPs to be special executive magistrates too in 3 cities

Addl Commissioner of Police to have those powers in Bangalore

From now on, Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) in all commissionerates, except Bangalore city, will also be ‘Special Executive Magistrates’. 

In an effort to curb rowdy activities, the State government has decided to empower DCPs in commissionerates to exercise powers under CrPC sections 107-111 and Sections 55 and 56 of the Karnataka Police (KP) Act.  

The DCPs (law and order) of Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad and Mysore have been delegated these powers which was vested with the respective city police commissioners. 

DCPs (law and order) in these commissionerates are now empowered to act as Special Executive Magistrates to exercise power under CrPC sections 107, 108 and 110, whereby the rowdies can be bound over and forced to give securities for maintaining peace and for keeping good behaviour. 

Earlier, police used to execute these bound overs before the assistant commissioners or tahsildars.

“A rowdy is one who uses violence or threat or intimidation against law-abiding citizens. Police are empowered to use preventive Sections of CrPC (107, 108, and 110), but before tahsildars or assistant commissioners. With increasing number of rowdies in the recent past, these powers have been delegated to DCPs.

The power of externment of rowdies, whose presence is not in the interest of peace of a particular area, has also been delegated to DCPs in these three commissionerates. These powers are under Section 56 of the KP Act,” Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) M N Reddi told Deccan Herald. 

The State police had taken up a drive to identify rowdies and goondas who indulge in land grabbing, hafta collection and crimes against women.

After a standing order passed in this regard, the number of history-sheets in the State had increased from 17,935 to 27,000. In order to curtail ‘moral policing,’ especially in Coastal Karnataka, the police had identified 433 ‘communal goondas‘.  

In the last one year, the Hubli-Dharwad city police had opened history-sheets against 692 rowdies. The Mysore and Mangalore city police had opened history-sheets against 327 and 362 rowdies, respectively. 

The Bangalore City police had opened history-sheets-sheets against 141 rowdies in the last one year. Sources said that a similar order is expected for the Bangalore City Police Commissionerate.

 The Home Ministry is contemplating to delegate these powers to the Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) in the Bangalore City Police Commissionerate.

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