GOMANTAK TIMES: SMD’s strictures on PIs of Vasco, Mormugao, Canacona


[While officials debate the issue, what is the situation on the ground?
Any comments from Vascokars? -FN]

SMD’s strictures on PIs of Vasco, Mormugao, Canacona

[GOMANTAK TIMES, Dec 27, 2005 Page A4]

By A Staff Reporter
reporters@gomantaktimes.com

MARGAO: The countdown to the New Year is generally known for its fun and
festivity and dances galore being organised throughout the state. But
the Deputy Collector and Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), South, Suresh
Pilankar, who is the authority for implementation of sound pollution
regulations, has condemned the “action on th epart of the police
inspectors (PIs) for their indirect way of refusal of his instructions
and the modalities they have employed in doing so” and flayed the PIs of
the Vasco, Mormugao and Canacona police station for their ignorance of
the law.

SDM Pilankar in his three-page report dated December 26, has referred to
the copy of the order of the Bombay High Court in writ petition 366/1999
pertaining to noise pollution and has passed strictures on the police
department, urging them to initiate immediate action against the
violators of the sound pollution regulations.

In his report, Pilarnkar has regretted that “the in-charge of the police
stations are unaware of the magisterial arrangements made by the
government under the provisions of the CrPC in the state to handle the
law and order situations.

He stated that “it is not understood under what provision of law, the
in-charge of a police station can ask the SDM to deputy an executive
magistrate at the police station during night hours”.

The SDM claims that “as per the directions of the Supreme Court, no
magistrate can be permitted to visit a police station, especially at
nights and that the Supreme Court has also directed that the magistrate
should not be asked by the police to be a member of the raiding party.”

He stated, “inspite of the above directions of the Supreme Court, the
PIs asking the SDM to deputy an exective magistrate during night hours
at the police station is not only the height of ignorance of the police
in-charges in the Margao sub-division but also it is contempt of the
directions of the Supreme Court.”

By such reply, the PI of the police stations in the South Goa district
have shown their incapability of honouring the directions contained in
the order of the High Court, instructions of which in fact has also been
issued to the Director General of Police (DGP), Panjim by the Under
Secretary (Home-II).”

“The wireless messages of the Vasco, Mormugao and Canacona PIs are more
concerned as the in-charges of these police stations are ignorant as to
whom they should approach for the orders for maintaining of law and
order in their jurisdiction. He feared that such indirect refusal of
directions would even put the chief secretary to problem due to such
contempt.

The SDM has appealed to the South Goa Collector to draw this to the
attention of the SP (South) and to convene a meeting of the senior
police officials along with all the magistrates in the district, so that
the concerned officers can be educated on the provision of law so far as
maintaining law and order and complance of the direction issued by the
court.

The SDM has also sought the intervention of the Home Secretary, if the
district magistrate deems it essential.

Earlier, the SDM had on December 24, instructed the in-charges of the
police stations in the Margao sub-division to be alert to the violations
of the sound pollution regulations and received wireless messages from
them requesting him to depute an executive magistrate at their
respective police stations for the implementation of the court
directives.

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3 thoughts on “GOMANTAK TIMES: SMD’s strictures on PIs of Vasco, Mormugao, Canacona

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