People filed 32 complaints with the State Police Accountability Commission (SPAC) in Assam in 2020, alleging non-registration of FIRs (first information reports) and 13 allegations of police blackmail or extortion.
This information comes from SPAC’s annual report for 2020, which was just released.
These 45 complaints (32+13) against the police fall under the category of “serious misconduct”.
The following misconduct includes death in police custody, grievous injury, molestation, rape, attempted rape, arrest or detention without due process of law, forcible deprivation of rightful property ownership, blackmailing or extortion, and so on.
SPAC- State Police Accountability Commission
The State Police Accountability Commission was established by the State Government under the Assam Police Act, 2007, to allow citizens to file complaints against police officers.
Moreover, the SPAC divides allegations into two categories: “severe misconduct” and “misconduct.”
In 2020, citizens filed 230 complaints against the police, with 55 being classified as significant misbehavior and the remaining 175 as misconduct, according to the SPAC report.
Custodial deaths (2), grievous harm (1), molestation, rape, and attempt to commit rape (2), arrest or detention without due process of law (3), forceful deprivation of rightful ownership of property (2), blackmailing or extortion (13) and non-registration of FIRs (32) are among the charges in the 55 complaints.
In the remaining 175 cases of wrongdoing, allegations include police inaction, carelessness, and investigative delay (87); harassment, cruelty, misbehavior, and threatening (34); misuse of power (20); perfunctory investigation (24) and other miscellaneous crimes (10).
The SPAC suggested to the government that rookie police officers investigate complaints against senior officers be phased out. It wants the investigating officer for such accusations to be a higher-ranking officer than the accused cop.
However, Justice BP Katakey, the chairman of the SPAC, was previously a judge of the Gauhati High Court.