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New system for detainees' safety, rights

Biju Govind

Kozhikode: The introduction of Central Custodial Facility at the Town police station has helped check alleged custodial torture, especially during night hours, at police stations in the city.

Officers say the facility is expected to improve the performance and accountability of the department. It has ensured security and safety of the detainees and protects their rights, said V.K. Prabakaran, Circle Inspector.

Earlier, detainees at these police stations were kept in lock-ups that had limited facilities and infrastructure. Subsequently, the Kerala Police Performance and Accountability Commission had recommended the setting up of the Centralized Custodial Facility system at a police station of each sub-division. Now the system will be introduced in a phased manner at all police stations, if found successful.

The Station House Officer is the officer in charge at the Central Custodial Facility at the Town station and is assisted by the Custodial Officer to supervise the arrangements. The facility includes two rooms with attached bathrooms and a closed-circuit television system.

Any person arrested by the police or under police custody will be shifted to the Central Custodial Facility and kept between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. A Reserved Sub-Inspector (RSI) assisted by one RSI or Assistant Sub-Inspector as Custody Officer appointed by P. Vijayan, Commissioner of Police, is responsible for ensuring the safety of those kept in the facility. Three armed personnel are also posted to ensure that the detainees are properly guarded, Mr. Prabakaran said.

The police officer who has arrested the accused after completing all legal formalities at the police stations concerned should furnish the identity and details of these persons to the Custody Officer along with a declaration that all the procedural formalities to be followed in respect of the arrest have been complied with.

The investigating officer and the Station House Officer are responsible for producing the arrested person before the court.

The names and addresses of the persons kept in custody have to be displayed on the notice board of the police station and the control room.

The Station House Officer and the Custodial Officer also maintain a Prisoners Search register of the police stations with the Central Custodial Facility.

The register contains details of the detainee, name , address, officer who arrested or took him into custody, date and time of arrest, date and time of release or handing over to the officer and remarks, he said.

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