No longer easy for witnesses in UP to turn hostile

ALLAHABAD: In recent times in many high-profile cases there were instances of witnesses turning hostile. So much so that they altered the entire
course of trials. But the district police have now devised a novel way to put a check on this.

The police have laid down that identity proofs of witnesses, victims and other related persons would have to be affixed along with the written statement of witnesses or victims. District police chief Mutha Ashok Jain has instructed his subordinates to affix identity proof like driving licence, ration card or voter Id-card with the statement of witnesses (while carrying out investigation) so that it does not become easy for witnesses to turn hostile in court.

Often witnesses, who turn hostile, allege that their statements were not registered by investigation officers (IOs) or were faked by the latter. This often puts police in a fix in the court and weakens their pursuit against the accused.

With witnesses turning hostile fast becoming a trend, police think that measures like attaching ID proofs would discourage the practice.

SSP told Media that he has asked subordinates to enrol the number of identity proof, its number and details of issuing authority in case diaries. He also asked to submit photocopy of identity proof along with case diary so that the witnesses, victims and other persons related to evidences do not turn hostile.

The directive would be applicable in all the 39 police stations of the district. In fact, some investigating officers have already started implementing it in the courts.

It is learnt that when DGP Vikram Singh came to know about the move of Allahabad district police, he took no time to order police chiefs of all across the state to apply the same scheme in their respective districts. He also appreciated district police for taking the investigation issue seriously and lauded the initiative of the district police.

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