The Uttarakhand government has decided to abolish the revenue policing system in the state. The Pushkar Singh Dhami government has also announced that revenue villages will be brought under the regular policing system. Law and order in 1,800 revenue villages of Uttarakhand will now be handled by the state police, according to a statement by the Chief Minister’s Office.
Why Uttarakhand govt abolish revenue policing system?
The demand to replace the revenue police system in Uttarakhand gained traction during the investigation into the Ankita Bhandari murder case in September 2022. Ankita, a 19-year-old who worked as a receptionist at a resort run by Pulkit Arya, the son of expelled BJP leader Vinod Arya, was found dead in the Chilla canal in Rishikesh on September 24 after going missing for six days. The area was under the jurisdiction of the revenue police. Allegations were raised against the revenue police for not registering a complaint on time and even siding with the accused.
In response to these allegations, the Uttarakhand government has decided to abolish the revenue police system. The government has announced that 1,800 villages will be brought under regular police jurisdiction. In the first phase, the borders of 52 police stations and 19 police posts will be expanded, according to the statement by the Chief Minister’s Office.
The Revenue Police System Come Into Existence In Uttarakhand?
The revenue police system in Uttarakhand came into existence in the 1800s when the rulers of Tehri lost their territories to Gurkhas and requested the British to oust the Gurkhas from Garhwal in exchange for payment. After the war, the rulers were unable to pay and in exchange, the British kept the western part of Garhwal. In order to collect revenues from the natural resources and minerals found in present-day Uttarakhand, the British put in place a revenue system with the posts of patwari, kanungo, lekhpal, etc., similar to the Mughal administration.
It was decided that no special police was needed in the hill parts of Uttarakhand because the hills saw little crime, and it was therefore deemed unnecessary to have a dedicated police force.
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