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Consider unified police command: HC tells states

The Punjab and Haryana High Court,on Thursday,asked Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh to consider the methods adopted by foreign countries to tackle incidents relating to crime against children and having a unified police command.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court,on Thursday,asked Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh to consider the methods adopted by foreign countries to tackle incidents relating to crime against children and having a unified police command.

This suggestion was made by Justice Mahesh Grover of the High Court during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation seeking directions to Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh to constitute a unified police command.

While the Punjab government had given its consent for constituting such a command,the Haryana government had expressed its reluctance stating that the Haryana Police already has such a wing. The Haryana government however had undertaken to cooperate if a unified police command is constituted.

The three states have been directed to read the method adopted by the United Kingdom and other foreign countries and submit their reports. The directions were passed during the resumed hearing of a PIL filed by World Human Rights Council through its Chairman Advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal.

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The petitioner had also sought a CBI probe into the abduction and murder of five-year-old Khushpreet. The petitioner had sought strict possible action against the errant Chandigarh Police officers allegedly responsible for the murder. Submitting that the police have failed to arrest the murderers,the petitioner had stated that the investigation into the case should be handed over to the CBI. Blaming the Chandigarh Police for “inaction” and “lackadaisical attitude”,the petitioner had also demanded adequate compensation for the family of the deceased.

The public interest litigation also sought directions to the Chandigarh Administration to constitute a special cell to deal with similar situations and employ specially trained police staff.

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