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STATE POLICE COMPLAINTS AUTHORITY (SPCA) BOOKS FIRST POLICE OFFICER :

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Pune 07 Nov 2017 (PCP NEWS) : The Maharashtra State Police Complaints Authority (SPCA), today booked the first police officer from Kurla police station PSI Satish More who was found guilty for keeping minor boy in lock-up for eight hours without lodging any complaint.

The incident happened on the midnight of November 4, 2016, where, Satish More locked up a 16-years-old boy (name held with ABI to protect identity as he is minor) in a mobile theft case. There was no complaint in writing or any entry in police diary. Boy’s father alleged that More demanded Rs 10,000 and accepted Rs 5,000 before releasing his son on the next day at 8 am. Boy’s father had complained to several authorities including Lokayukta against More for illegal detention of his son.

Lokayukta forwarded complaint to SPCA for further action. After hearing both the parties SPCA authority found that More had illegally detained the boy for hours. CCTV footage also helped the authority to find out the truth. More’s all excuses found to be fake. He gave one excuse that boy’s father himself took boy in police station and asked to keep in lock up as he wandered in the area without reason. Finally, SPCA authority forwarded report to home department recommending Departmental Inquiry and major penalty against More. SPCA member confirmed that Satish More has been found guilty.SPCA has recommended the home department of Maharashtra to initiate Departmental Inquiry (DE) with major penalty against More. Since he is been found guilty for keeping a minor boy in lock up for eight hours in a oral complaint.

The SPCA is headed by a retired High Court (HC) judge and comprises retired Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers. Supreme Court (SC) had already issued directives for independent bodies to investigate complaints against policemen. Maharashtra State became the first state to set up the State Police Complaints Authority (SPCA) from January 2017, with this case SPCA Maharashtra also became the first state to book a police officer. People can approach the SPCA office to lodge complaints against police personnel for any alleged abuse of power. PCP/SDJ 17 30

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