DUTIES AND EXPECTATIONS FROM CITIZENS

•    Please take initiative to check the crime. A private citizen can arrest or cause a person to be arrested if any non-bailable and cognizable offence is committed in his presence or a proclaimed offender comes across them. (Sec. 43 CrPC).

•    Allow free ingress to a place if a police officer having authority to arrest/search or any person acting under a warrant of arrest/search, has reasons to believe that the person to be arrested has entered into or is within such a place. (Sections 47 & 100 CrPC).

•    Assist the police officer if your assistance is sought by him to join a search. Refusal to do so when asked in writing, without reasonable cause, is an offence under section 187 IPC. (Sec 100 CrPC).

•    Give correct evidence whenever associated in any investigation or trial. Do not give false information to the police to avoid wastage of police resources and to avoid penal action for making false or malicious or prank calls.

•    Co-operate with the police in action against anti social elements and in maintaining law and order.

•    Protect public property and do not indulge in acts, which damage or deface public property or places.

•    All road users must be guided by the objective of enhancing road safety and must pay heed to the legitimate directions and suggestions of traffic police personnel and observe traffic norms and regulations.

•    Help injured persons in road accidents by taking them to nearby hospitals and by informing the police. If desired, one would not be asked to be a witness in the case or otherwise put to any inconvenience.

•    The driver of the motor vehicle responsible for a road accident is duty bound to take all reasonable steps to secure medical attention for the injured person by conveying him to the nearest medical practitioner or hospital unless it is not practicable to do so on account of mob fury or any other reason beyond his control. Failure in this regard punishable. (Section 134 Motor Vehicle Act, 1988).

•    It is a duty of every registered medical practitioner or the doctor on duty in a hospital to immediately attend to the injured person and render medical aid without waiting for procedural formalities unless the injured person or his guardian (in case of a minor) desires otherwise (Section 134 Motor Vehicle Act 1988). Failure in this regard is punishable. (Section 134 Motor Vehicle Act, 1988).

•    Community Policing initiatives must be given whole-hearted support. Security environment, particularly to curb crimes like thefts and burglaries, can be greatly enhanced if the local community takes initiative to improve physical security arrangement of the neighborhood and individual houses/establishments and deploys adequate number of watchmen.

•    Be truthful and forthright while going to police for redressal of complaints. Avoid the unholy practice of exaggerating or maneuvering facts to attract operation of criminal laws or to enhance their severity. This is particularly unfortunate when such complaints are pushed through devious recommendations or monetary inducements. Such sort sighted actions strike at the root of the law and are among the factors responsible for many of the ills, like malicious investigations and burking, affecting policing. Chandigarh Police version, though may not be covered by criminal laws, would be given due consideration. All efforts would be made to resolve the same under the alternate complaint resolution mechanism as many such disputes lead to future crimes or breach of peace.

•    Cherish our Constitutional values. All citizens in our democratic polity have equal stake in the rule of law.

•    Do not ask or expect police to resort to unlawful or questionable means while dealing with crime or criminals or public disorder. Any such action abetted or acquiesced, in self-interest for quick results, is unsustainable. Your option shoul be against bypassing the rule of law.

•    Our constitutional and legal processes have the capacity to evolve strategies to deal with the emerging treats. And you must be vigilant to prevent hijacking of the agenda in this regard by any vested interests, who generally are vociferous and often claim to reflect public opinion.

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