By Manas Dasgupta*
Gandhinagar: Gujarat has emerged only the second state in the country after Andhra Pradesh to prepare a new police manual to guide police actions in keeping with the changing crime scenario due to the advancement in modern technologies, particularly the prevalence of cyber crimes.
The state’s retiring Director-General of Police Shivanand Jha submitted the Draft of Gujarat Police Manual-2020 to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani here on Thursday in the presence of Additional Chief Secretary for Home Sangeeta Singh, Rupani’s Chief Principal Secretary K. Kailashnathan and senior police officers engaged in preparing he draft manual.
The state’s existing police manual was prepared way back in 1975 which by now have become almost redundant in the last four and half decades due to the changing techniques being adopted in committing crimes particularly after mobile telephony and internet came into existence. An official spokesman of the state government said the new manual incorporated, besides the developments in technology, the latest acts, rules and regulations that have come into vogue in the last 45 years after thoroughly reviewing each of the outdate measures found inconsistent with the modern techniques.
The manual would also be available in e-book pocket co- application form and would be uploaded in the Gujarat Police website. The draft manual in English would be rendered into Gujarati so that it could be easily used by all the cadres of the Police Force and would be amended from time to time with changing times, the spokesman said.
The draft manual had been prepared in three parts with the first part incorporating the criminal procedure code and the Indian Penal Code also added the latest acts Evidence Act, Protection of Children act (POCSO-2012, SC/ST Amendment Act- 2015, Juvenile Justice Act- 2015, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act- 2014 and Information Technology Act 2008. It has extensively covered new technology related to investigating Cyber Crime, Forensic Lab, monitoring tools for Social Media, besides
Economic Crimes like Multi-Level Marketing, Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) Case and organised crimes like Human Trafficking, Drug Trafficking, Trans-national Terrorism and such criminal activities, the spokesman said. Jha is due to retire from services on Friday. He was given a three month extension in April due to the prevailing Corona pandemic.
*The writer is a senior journalist