Long drawn pendency in the execution of warrants and completion of investigation has irked SP Palamu Chandan Kumar Sinha. The SP had had a crime review meeting here quite recently where insiders said he looked angry and disappointed at the way warrants and investigations are dealt with by the police officers here.
About 2,000 warrants are pending over a long period of time whose execution is delayed on one count or the other. Pendency of execution of warrants leads to malpractice, said sources.
Sinha speaking to this correspondent said, "We have really 2,000 warrants pending just because it has not been served or executed." He said policemen who are to serve it just move around keeping warrants in their pockets. "Need I tell you why these are kept in pockets and for what. Should you not understand the dynamics of keeping warrants pending for months together." Sinha quipped.
The SP did not say himself but what he meant is that a pending warrant is like a term deposit from which one can draw money as one likes.
Sources said a mere flaunting of warrant can make a person against whom it is to come on his knees like anything which a policeman will never miss to exploit. Sources said around the same figure 2,000 investigations are pending and in some cases it is pending for two years or so.
The SP conceded it saying this figure of 2,000 pending investigations is alarming and puts Palamu police in poor light.
Palamu lags behind other districts where the pendency rate is less than what it is here, said the SP.
Sinha compared the pendency of investigation with ATM cards which enable its users to draw money day and night. A pending investigation offers a profitable leverage to the investigation police officer to make the person or persons against whom the investigation is on to bend too forward before him. And the bending is tied to cash, said sources.
SP said 40 percent of the investigating officers are delinquents who are found to be hanging investigation over a long period. Fifteen percent of these 40 percent erring investigating officers will face music definitely, said Sinha.
Asked if officers in charge of the police stations are not to be held responsible for procrastination of the investigation SP said the officers in charge are absolutely responsible as it is they who allot investigation to assistant sub inspector of police or sub inspector of police and so the officers in charge can't disown their own responsibility if investigations are not completed within reasonable time.