Should take care of rights of the detained person: DGP Bhupendra Singh

Jaipur: Director-General of Police (DGP) Bhupendra Singh has issued a circular directing all Range Inspector Generals and Superintendents of Police to ensure full compliance of DK Basu Guidelines issued by the Supreme Court. For the effective prevention of incidents of death, suicide, torture, rape, and detention of criminals in police custody, the DGP has instructed officials to display the fifteen points prescribed in the DK Basu guidelines for effective prevention of such incidents.

The DGP has strictly asked the officials to comply with the guidelines. DGP Singh has mentioned in this circular that laxity in taking action in accordance with legal provisions in police stations is inexcusable. During the investigation of the accused in the police stations, some cases of negligent interrogation and unnecessary legal action to the suspects have been uncovered.

He said that torture during police custody is illegal and inappropriate. Keeping in view the human rights of the persons taken in police custody, the accused should be treated with dignity in the police station along with humane behaviour.

Also, women should not be kept in the police station at night. The women accused should be questioned by a female police officer or employee and women should be treated fairly. In this context, instructions have been given to ensure compliance of instructions issued from time to time by Police Headquarters.