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Uttarakhand High Court orders govt. to abolish revenue police system within 6 months

The Uttarakhand high court, in a landmark judgement, has ordered Uttarakhand government to abolish revenue police system within 6 months. In the meantime, the court has asked government to put in place regular police system prevalent in the entire country. The century-old practice is in vogue in the hill region of Uttarakhand with around 25% of the 1.25 crore population still under the system where revenue officials acts as a police.

…more than a century old practice of revenue police system… in many parts of the state of Uttarakhand is ordered to be abolished within six months from today…

– Division Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Alok Singh, Uttarakhand HC

Under the revenue police system, revenue officials (including patwaris) work as the police and investigate cases and make arrests. While two of Uttarakhand’s police stations featured in the top 10 list of police stations in the country released by Home Ministry, the state has only 156 police stations in total. At present, 55-60 percent of the area of Garhwal and Kumaon region comes under the purview of revenue police.

Inputs from Indian Express