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Punjab will abandon caste and religion in the FIRs; panel formed: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Saurabh Malik

Chandigarh, September 22

More than six months after instructions were issued against mentioning the religion or caste of an accused, victim or witnesses in an FIR or other official documents prepared during the investigation, the Punjab government has formed a committee to ensure proper implementation.

As the issue was again raised in the bench of Judge Jasgurpreet Singh Puri during an early bail plea hearing, the state filed a new circular dated September 19, reiterating previous instructions. The bench was also informed that the Additional Director General of Police/HRD and Director of Punjab Police Academy Phillaur has also been requested to incorporate the same in the training programs of the training centers of the state police.

It was also stated that the DGP instructed officers to ensure meticulous adherence to instructions issued pursuant to HC orders during periodic crime meetings held with heads of field units and other branches of the police in the Punjab.

Appearing before the bench, Punjab’s Attorney General Vinod Ghai said the matter was being looked at “very seriously”. Police officers would also be made aware of the issue. Taking note of the submissions, Judge Puri ordered the state to file a new status report after holding a meeting to implement a circular in this regard.

The bench was hearing a motion from a defendant in a case registered under the NDPS Act at Nakodar Sadar Police Station in Jalandhar.