Tighten prison laws: Top cop

Published: 11th December 2012 09:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th December 2012 09:07 AM   |  A+A-


The laws that govern prisoners in jails should be overhauled to prevent use of prisons by felons to hatch conspiracies and commit crimes, K Ramanujam, Director General of Police, DGP said here on Monday.

Participating in the Human Rights Day celebrations organised by the State Human Rights Commission, Ramanujam, citing the busting of a notorious gang that had plans to commit serious crimes, said that the mastermind was still in prison.

“Even a hardened criminal is allowed to freely mix with other prisoners. They form alliances and hatch conspiracies to execute crimes. This is a serious problem and must be addressed,” he stressed. Pointing out how a person accused of repeated sexual assault and murder of women was granted bail on technical grounds within four months, he said that the accused attacked another woman after his release. “I had to order his detention under Goondas Act to prevent any further crimes,” he added.

“Violation of rights”

Referring to a recent incident in which a severed head fell on the road while a cop was taking it for disposal in his motorcycle, he said the act of severing body parts for the purpose of identifying the dead person was a ‘gross violation’ of human rights. “Even a dead man has human rights. He has living kith and kin. There are other scientific procedures to identify,” he noted. 


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