20 % Police stations in state without internet, 2 PSs, 7 PPs function without power supply
The recent directions of Apex Court to states on uploading of copies of FIRs online within 24 hours of registration may send the Jammu and Kashmir police into tizzy as the force is still struggling to have requisite infrastructure at its establishments.
According to sources, around 20 percent of the police stations in the state are without internet connectivity and other infrastructure, while 2 PSs and seven Police Posts (PPs) function without electricity connection.
According to official figures available with Greater Kashmir, Police Station Marwah, Police Station Warwan in Kishtwar District and seven Police Posts-DK Pora in Anantnag, Machail, Afti and Ishtiyari in Kishtwar, Minamarg and Rangdum in Kargil and a police post in Reasi District sans electricity connection.
As per IGP Jammu-Danish Rana around 20 percent police establishments in the state are without internet facility and other infrastructure, while in many others it is yet in the process of establishment.
“We are digitizing the records, infrastructure is also being generated while efforts are also being made to have adequate number of towers around the PSs and PPs. As of now, I would say around 80 percent of the work has been done in this regard in the entire state” Rana claimed.
On Police Stations and Police Posts functioning without electricity connection and the compliance of SC directions, the police officer said, “Generator sets would be provided to all the Police Stations and Police Posts. I assure you for every FIR that will be registered now onwards, a copy of it will be uploaded online in compliance with SC directions”.
Pertinently in the year 2015 state police organization was slammed by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for its failure in bringing the police reforms for which the organization had received huge funds.
According to C&AG report tabled in the state assembly in March 2015, audit of which was conducted in between January to April 2014, 18 Police Stations and 103 Police Posts (Then) in Jammu and Kashmir were operating without own buildings.
Further, according to CAG report, the police had incurred only Rs 18.10 crores (3%) out of sanctioned Rs 394.30 Crores for construction, repair and renovation works in police stations during the year 2014.
It was also disclosed in the report that there was availability of only 17 percent interrogation rooms, 28 percent rest rooms, 49 percent single lock up rooms and 12 percent separate toilets for women.
Audit conducted by CAG also brought it to the fore that even life saving equipments like body protectors and bullet proof vests and night vision devices were not available with most of the police stations across the state.
It is important to mention here that Supreme Court today directed all states and union territories to upload copies of each FIR online within 24 hours of registration.
The apex court directions came in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Youth Bar Association of India. The association has pleaded in the petition that every accused should get a copy of FIR so that he/she could get legal advice.