New Delhi: Over 13,000 proclaimed
offenders are still at large in the national capital even as
Delhi Police has invoked Indian Penal Code provisions against
those caught to act as a deterrent for others.
According to Delhi Police statistics, a total of
13,621 proclaimed offenders remain untraced as of now though
it has arrested 711 this year till March 15 and another 15,010
The fresh efforts this year bore fruits as police
arrested a man, who was evading law for 36 years for murdering
a co-worker, a "dead man" after 20 years in a murder case and
another man who was hiding in Dubai for 10 years to avoid a
one-year imprisonment in a case.
A fortnight ago, Delhi Police has instructed its
investigators to invoke Section 174(A) of Indian Penal Code
against those proclaimed offenders who were arrested,
believing that this would act as a deterrent to others.
"A circular was issued on January 19 regarding
proclaimed offenders which was amended on March three
instructing officials to invoke provisions of Section 174A of
IPC," a senior police official said.
The section deals with non-attendance in obedience to
an order form public servant or attend courts. The punishment
may be upto six months or a fine of upto Rs 1,000 or both.
"Till now, we were not invoking this section against
the proclaimed offenders," he said. This, he said, would help
in acting as a deterrent to those wanted criminals and curb
the tendency among them to evade arrest.
Besides this, he said, special teams have been
constituted in each district headed by an Inspector for making
concerted efforts to apprehend them.
"Instructions have also been issued that these teams
should visit the district and states allocated to them for
making concerted efforts to apprehend proclaimed offenders.
"They were also asked to regularly visit police
stations to familiarise themselves with local staff and people
to develop rapport and intelligence network," he said, adding
weekly reports on proclaimed offenders submitted by police
stations are reviewed at the level of Commissioner.
The official said there is a new vigour in chasing
proclaimed offenders as police rewards personnel for
apprehending them. "The regular review by Commissioner B K
Gupta is keeping the personnel on their toes," he said.
Elaborating, the official said, a Spanish national who
was evading court proceedings in a 2006 accident case, was
arrested from Gurgaon while a graduate, who allegedly murdered
his father 17 years ago and was on the run for the past 14
years, was apprehended here.
"Nobody was following these cases and now the
periodical review has made policemen chase these cases," he