PCR CELL  PUDUCHERRY

 

URL: http://police.pondicherry.gov.in http://police.puducherry.gov.in 

Phone- 0413 - 2274944                                                                                    E-mail- pcrpcpdy.pon@nic.in

 

ORGANIZATION CHART OF PCR CELL UNIT, PUDUCHERRY, KARAIKAL AND YANAM 

D.G.P

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SSP(C&I)

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SP (PCR CELL)

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INSPECTOR OF POLICE (PCR CELL)

 

 DETAILS OF SANCTIONED STRENGTH  

Region

SP

INS

SI

ASI

HC

PC

Puducherry

1

1

2

-

8

4

Karaikal

-

-

1

1

2

2

Yanam

-

-

1

1

1

2

 

 SCHEDULED CASTE POPULATION IN U.T. OF PUDUCHERRY  

SN

Region

TOTAL Population

Population of SC.

%  OF SC Population

1

Puducherry

      7,35,332

  1,20,980

16.45%

2.

Karaikal

      1,70,791

     30,868

18.07%

3.

MAHE

         36,828

          121

  0.33%

4.

Yanam

         31,394

       5,802

18.48%

Total

      9,74,345

  1,57,771

16.19%

 

BRIEF NOTE ON THE DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF PCR CELL POLICE STATIONS IN THE UNION TERRITORY OF PUDUCHERRY 

INTRODUCTION 

(1)     A separate Cell was constituted in Puducherry and the same started functioning from February 1982.  P.C.R. Cell Units were also started in Karaikal and Yanam in the year 1987.  Prior to the formation of this Cell, PCR Act, cases were registered and investigated by the C.I.D. Unit, Puducherry.

(2)    The Protection of Civil Rights Cell, Puducherry is located in Puducherry Region at Shanmugapuram at a distance of 6 Kms from Police Head Quarters.  This PCR Cell is functioning in the Government building from 30.10.99.   Prior to that the CID Police Station and ‘D’ Nagar Police Station were functioning in this building.  

(3)     The PCR Cell Unit is registering and investigating cases under the PCR Act, 1955 and the SC/ST(POA) Act, 1989.  In addition to the investigation and prosecution Criminal cases under these acts, the officers of the cell are also making enquiries on the related complaints and also indulge in the collection of intelligence about the atrocities, ill-treatment and practice of the “untouchability” and other relevant social evils.

(4)    The PCR Act cases are registered and investigate by the Inspector and Sub-Inspectors of Police under the immediate supervision of the Supdt. of Police(PCR Cell), Puducherry.  The legal opinion of the Director of Prosecution, Puducherry is being sought in regard to the disposal of all cases under PCR Act, 1955.

(5)   The cases under SC/ST(POA) Act, 1989 are being investigated by Supdt. of Police, P.C.R. Cell.   After having completed investigation of the cases, the Director of Prosecution is being consulted in regard to the disposal of the cases.  The Assistant Public Prosecutor has been entrusted with the function of conducting the prosecution of the P.C.R. Act cases in the courts of the concerned Judicial Magistrate, the Additional Public Prosecutor is conducting the prosecution of the case under SC/ST (POA) Act, 1989, in the court of II Additional District Session Judge, Puducherry. 

(6)    In the Union Territory of Puducherry untouchability is not practiced in a virulent form.  Some stray cases alleging harassment to Scheduled caste people arising out of untouchability are reported and hence taken up by the PCR Cell.  No discrimination was shown to the members of the Scheduled Castes in public places like Hotels, Restaurants and Temples on the grounds of untouchability.  The service of Dhobis/Barbers is fairly available to Scheduled caste people in the Union Territory of Puducherry including even in the small hamlets without discriminations.

(7)   The staff members of PCR Cell are frequently visiting rural and urban areas.  The provisions of PCR Act and evils of untouchability and heinous practices are explained to the public to avoid any hardship to “Scheduled Caste People”.  The PCR Cell is presently performing the following duties.

1.   Visiting all Harijans villages and educating them the need to develop and maintain cordiality with other communities. 

2.   Collecting intelligence about atrocities, torture, III – treatment and practice of untouchability

3. Collecting information about agriculture wage disputes and arranging amicable and early settlements with land owners/Caste Hindus.

4.  Functioning as Liaison Officer between the Harijans and other Government Enforcement   Agencies during communal disturbances though they are very rare in this Union Territory.

5.   Forming mobile squads in rural areas of Puducherry/Karaikal and Yanam.

6.   Enquiring into details of petitions received through Harijans Association and Director of Welfare of SC/ST

7.    Conducting enquiries on allegations leveled by Harijans against rival communities and vice versa.

8.   Most of the cases registered in the PCR Cell Unit have ended in acquittal for the obvious reasons that all the concerned incidences occurred either in drunken brawl or due to sudden provocation that both the complaint parties (SC/ST) and the accused parties (Caste Hindus) want live in amity after the such occurrence and as a result most of the witnesses concerned are turning hostile in the open court during the trial of the cases.  Moreover there is no area in the U.T. of Puducherry prone to the occurrence offences under PCR Act, 1955 and SC/ST(POA) Act, 1989.

9.    However strict Vigilance is being maintained to prevent such atrocities to be committed by higher caste people against the SC/ST people.  PCR Cell has been taking immediate necessary action as and when warranted. 

PROVISIONS OF ADEQUATE FACILITIES AND LEGAL AID: 

            The PCR Cell units have been formed in the outlying Regions of Karaikal, Yanam in order to extend more facilities to the Scheduled Caste people to seek redressal of their grievances through PCR Cell units in their respective regions. 

            Regarding legal aid to those who have been subjected to any disability arising out of untouchability, cases registered in PCR Cell based on the complaint of such affected people.  The complainants need not engage any lawyer to conduct their cases in courts for claiming compensation. 

APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS FOR EXERCISING SUPERVISION OVER PROSECUTION: 

The Directorate of Prosecution functioning under the Law Department is exercising effective supervision over prosecution conducted by the Assistance Public Prosecutors.  

SETTING UP OF SPECIAL COURT: 

No Special Court was set up in the Union Territory of Puducherry to try the offences under PCR Act, 1955.   Taking into consideration of registration of minimum number of cases the Government have vested powers to the Judicial Magistrates, Puducherry, Karaikal and Yanam to try the offences under this Act.

SPECIAL COURT:

As per G.O. Ms.No.24/90-LLD, dt.30.03.1990 the Lieutenant Governor, Puducherry with concurrence of the Chief Justice of the High Court, Madras, has Specified the II Additional Session Judges, Puducherry to be special Judge for the whole Union Territory of Puducherry to try the offences under the SC/ST(Prevention of Atrocities ) Act, 1989). 

Appointment of Special Public Prosecutor to conduct the cases of atrocities on SCs/STs in the Special Courts (Section 15 of POA). 

Thiru. R. Singaravelu, Senior Advocate has been appointed as Special Public Prosecutor to handle cases tried in the Special Court vide G.O. Ms. No.57/2006-LD dt.19.07.06 of Law Department, Puducherry for the purpose of the said Act. 

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROTECTION OF CIVIL RIGHTS ACT, 1955 

1.   As regards the provision of adequate facilities including legal aid to the persons subjected to any disability arising out of “untouchability” to enable them to avail themselves of such rights, cases are being registered by the PCR Cell Unit, Puducherry depending upon the nature of offences committed.  Immediate relief such as food, water, clothing, shelter, medical aid, transport facilities and other essential items necessary for human being are being provided to the affected victims as prescribed under Rule 12(4) of Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules 1995.  The assessment of the value of properties damaged during such occurrence are being obtained by the PCR Cell Unit from the Revenue Department, Puducherry and the same is communicated to the Director, Adi-Dravidar Welfare Department for providing necessary relief to the affected persons.  The Department of Adi-Dravidar Welfare will provide 25% of the value of damages immediately to the affected persons and the relief regarding the remaining 75 % of the damages will be provided to the affected persons, soon after the disposal of the concerned case in the Court. 

2.   As regards the prosecution of Protection of Civil Rights Act cases the Government has appointed the Assistant Public Prosecutor through Law Department for conducting Prosecution of the cases under this Act.   

3.   Taking into consideration of the registration of minimum number of cases, the Government has vested powers to the Judicial Magistrates, Puducherry, Karaikal and Yanam to try the offences under Protection of Civil Rights Act.

4.  The Protection of Civil Rights Cell is functioning under the immediate supervision of Superintendent of Police (PCR Cell) and under the direct control of Senior Supdt. of Police(Crime and Intelligence) and the Inspector General of Police, Puducherry  is reviewing the cases under the provisions of the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 every month.  Apart from this the Secretary Welfare, Puducherry is also conducting review meeting periodically that is once in three months to survey the working of the provision of this Act with a view to suggesting measures for the better implementation of the provisions of this Act. 

5.   There is no prone area in the Union Territory of Puducherry as far as the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 is concerned. 

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEDULED CASTES AND THE SCHEDULED TRIBES (PREVENTION OF ATROCITIES) ACT, 1989 

1.         As regards the provision for adequate facilities including legal aid to persons subjected to atrocities to enable them to avail themselves of Justice, the Director, Adi-Dravidar Welfare Department, Puducherry is providing necessary facilities to the affected persons as in the cases of Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955.

As per the G.O.Ms. No.24/90/LLD, dt.30.03.1990 the Lieutenant Governor, Puducherry with the concurrence of the Chief Justice of the High Court, Madras, has specified the II Additional Sessions Judge, Puducherry to be the Special Judge for the whole Union Territory of Puducherry to try the offences under the scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

2.         The trial Courts are providing for traveling and maintenance expenses to the witnesses including the victims of atrocities during the trial of offences under this act. 

PROSECUTION 

            As regards the prosecution of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989 cases concerned the Government has appointed the Additional Public Prosecutor through Law Department for conducting the prosecution.

3.       The protection of Civil Rights Cell is functioning under the immediate control of Superintendent of Police (PCR Cell) and under the direct control of senior Superintendent of Police (Crime and Intelligence).   The Inspector General of Police, Puducherry is reviewing the cases under the provisions of the Scheduled caste Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 cases every month.  Apart from this the Secretary Welfare, Puducherry is also conducting review meeting periodically that is once in three months to survey the working of the provision of this Act with a view to suggesting measures for the better implementation of the provisions of this Act.

4.       There is no prone area in the Union Territory of Puducherry as far as the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 is concerned. 

VEHICLES 

Particulars of vehicles available in PCR Cell, Puducherry one light vehicle Maruthi Gypsy bearing Reg. No. PY 01 G 0055, three Motor Cycles bearing Reg. Nos. PY 01 G 0222, PY 01 G 0311, PY 01 G 0312, one TVS APACHE Motor Cycle bearing Reg.No.PY 01 G 9970 and TVS XL SUPER two wheeler bearing Reg. Nos. PY 01 G 9967 were allotted to the PCR Cell Police Station, Puducherry.  

COMMUNICATION: 

            One static wireless set is installed in the Police Station for Communication purpose. 

8 (G). PROTECTION OF CIVIL RIGHTS CELL 

In order to protect and uplift the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from social inequalities, the Constitution of India extended certain privileges to these Communities.  The Untouchability (Offences) Act, 1955, was amended with additional provisions and renamed as the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955. Protections of Civil Rights Cells are functioning in Puducherry, Karaikal and Yanam Regions. The Government of India Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is meeting the entire expenditure.

            The strength of the executive personnel is adequate. But the strength of ministerial staff and vehicles as recommended needs to be sanctioned.

            As recommended by the National Police Commission, non-cognizable cases reported by these classes need not be investigated by the cells as that would amount to favoring only one community. But adequate number of Legal Aid Centers may be established and attached to the PCR Cells. Wide publicity could be given so that the affected Scheduled Caste members can approach these centers for legal aid. 

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