Following the custodial death of a father-son duo allegedly due to police excesses in Thoothukudi district, the Director General of Tamil Nadu Police has issued fresh guidelines for arrest/remand of accused persons.
The guidelines are also aimed at minimizing the spread of Covid-19 within the police department, in the backdrop of several instances whereby the arrestees tested and detenus tested Covid positive, forcing all the police officials who dealt with them to undergo quarantine.
For cases relating to bailable offences it is instructed that when arrest is done, the accused persons should be immediately released on bail and minimum physical contact should be made by Police Officers.
In case of non-bailable offences, it is instructed that arrest should be made by minimum number of police personnel and all precautions like wearing of PPE must be ensured. As far as possible, physical contact shall be avoided with the accused.
The circular further specifies that during production of accused before the Magistrate/ Court, police officials should utilize the video conferencing facility being offered by the Courts.
Further, the DGP has issued the following guidelines for arrest:
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