January 25, 2014
WB Govt to start a massive drive against kangaroo courts
The state government has decided to gear up and start a massive drive against kangaroo courts throughout the state. The state Home Secretary, Basudeb Bandopadhay, along with other senior officials of the home department, held a video conference with all the district police superintendents from Nabanna on Friday.
“During the video-conference, Bandopadhyay gave clear-cut instructions to the district police superintendents to immediately increase patrolling in the rural areas in the state to prevent kangaroo courts from being held,” said a senior state government official.
The WB Govt is committed to bring kangaroo courts to justice despite all the difficulties in conducting detailed and in-depth patrolling in the rural areas, given that vast areas are covered by a single police station and the insufficient strength of police personnel in certain stations.
Often a single police station has under its jurisdiction areas as vast as gram panchayats. In such situations, in-depth patrolling is often impossible. However, even after admitting such difficulties, the home secretary asked the district SPs to mobilise the forces available with him in the most effective manner.