The Uttar Pradesh Police has recently initiated a comprehensive program named ‘Operation Conviction‘ to combat criminals and organized crime in the state. This strategic initiative aims to expedite the conviction process, particularly in cases related to heinous crimes such as rape, murder, cow slaughter, religious conversion, and those registered under the POCSO Act. By ensuring immediate arrests, robust evidence collection, meticulous investigations and effective representation in courts, the authorities seek to minimize the time taken for criminals to face justice.
Crackdown on Mafias and Zero-Tolerance Policy
Since 2017, the state government has been implementing a zero-tolerance policy towards mafias and criminal elements. Building upon this approach, the government has launched ‘Operation Conviction’ to identify and prioritize 20 cases in each district. This concerted effort demonstrates the administration’s unwavering commitment to maintaining law and order, as well as curbing organized crime.
Coordination with District Judges and Forensic Science Laboratory
To facilitate expeditious trials, district police chiefs will collaborate closely with district judges in their respective jurisdictions. They will request daily trials for the identified cases, ensuring that the legal proceedings progress swiftly. Furthermore, police commissioners and district police chiefs will coordinate with the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to expedite the procurement of laboratory reports crucial to the investigation process.
Establishment of Monitoring Cell
Each police commissioner’s office and district police chief’s office will establish a monitoring cell to oversee the daily progress of cases identified under ‘Operation Conviction.’ These cells will be headed by gazetted officers who will be responsible for ensuring the timely trial of these cases. This centralized monitoring system will enhance accountability and enable swift intervention if necessary.
Development of a Web Portal for Case Review
A web portal is currently under development to facilitate the weekly review of identified cases. This portal will enable senior police officials at the Directorate General of Police (DGP) office in the state capital to closely monitor the progress of these cases. The portal’s real-time updates and comprehensive data will help identify any bottlenecks and enable prompt actions to maintain the momentum of the conviction process.
Important takeaways for competitive exams
- POCSO(Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses) Act was enacted in 2012.
- POCSO Act is mentioned in Article 21 of the Constitution of India.
- Vijay Kumar is the Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh