Tuesday, February 23, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Andhra Pradesh CM directs to speed up atrocities cases against SC and ST



Andhra Pradesh CM directs to speed up atrocities cases against SC and ST

Hyderabad, Feb 22 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah today
asked the Special Cell created by the Government to speed up disposal
of cases booked under the Prevention of Atrocities (POA) against SCs
and STs.

He said justice delayed is justice denied.

Mr Rosaiah was discussing the progress of the cases booked and other
connected issues with Principal Secretary, Social Welfare, V Nagi
Reddy and other officials today at his residence.

The State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee headed by the Chief
Minister, is scheduled to meet on February 24. They would review the
implementation of various provisions of POA and Protection of Civil
Rights (PCR) Acts.

The government has created a Special Cell under the POA rules in he
police department under the control of DIG of police to speed up
investigation of atrocity cases booked under POA Act and PCR Act, to
conduct survey of atrocity prone areas, restoring a sense of security
among SCs and STs and to investigate into false SC and ST caste
certificate cases. This cell is supported by 10 Inspectors of Police,
three Sub-Inspectors, 13 Head Constables and 36 Police Constables.

The State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee headed by the Chief
Minister is functioning to monitor the implementation of POA and PCR
Acts. Twenty two Mobile Courts headed by First Class Judicial
Magistrate were functioning to try the PCR cases in all districts
except in Hyderabad, assisted by the Public Prosecutors.

There are 23 Special Courts established in 23 districts for speedy
trial of cases of Atrocities under PCR Act 1955 (Sec 14 and 15) and
Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989. The Joint Collectors of the
District were appointed as Nodal Officers to Co-ordinate with the
Police officers who were responsible for implementation of the Act.


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