SHILLONG, Sept 1: In view of the increasing nuisance created by the people especially in public areas the State police has informed that many people have been arrested and booked under the Meghalaya Police Act, 2010. The Meghalaya Police Act, 2010, was effective from 4th February, 2011 with an aim to empower the Police to eble it to function as an efficient, effective, people-friendly, impartial, transparent, honest, professiol, accountable and responsive agency. Prior to this Act, the Police were equipped with the Police Act, 1861 where the punishment for violation was a meagre Rs. 50 only and as a result it did not act as a deterrent to the violators of the law. M Kharkrang SP EKH informed that with the new Act, Sadar Police Station has effectively utilised the various provisions of this Act and during the month of August, they have registered 34 Non-FIR cases and arrested 71 violators and forwarded them to the competent Court and on conviction, an amount of Rs. 1, 77,000 lakhs was realised by the Court as fine from the different cases. Kharkrang further informed that other Police Station which have effectively used the Act to check commissions of nuisance in public areas are Laban P.S, Laitumkhrah P.S and Nongmynsong O.P. He also stated that all Police Stations in Shillong City have been directed to utilise the Act effectively to check drunk driving, drinking in public places, drunken brawls and committing of nuisance in public places.
Shillong police to use ‘Meghalaya Police Act’ to curb nuisance