Won’t file charge sheet against Palghar girls: DGP

DGP Sanjeev Dayal said on Thrusday police would not file a charge sheet in a case registered by Palghar Police against Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Srinivasan for a Facebook post on the funeral of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the second national seminar on counter-terrorism at the Maharashtra Police headquarters in Colaba.

Asked if the charges against the girls would be dropped, Dayal said, "Charges are dropped only after a charge sheet is filed. In this case, we have decided not to file a charge sheet under provisions of CrPC section 173." The section stipulates investigation in a case be completed without delay and a report submitted to a magistrate. The conference inaugurated by CM Prithviraj Chavan was also attended by several senior cops from all over India.

Chavan said: "There is a need for standardisation of equipment across the country, upgrade of police voice communication network and specialised training for hostage-like situations.

"Better security of vital installations and important persons and a more responsible and efficient media role for better dissemination of information is also required."

"Post 9/11, America introduced Patriot Act. Britain passed various legislations after it was targeted by terrorists. We need to do the same." Home minister R R Patil, minister of state Satej Patil and director general of Bureau for Police Research and Development Kuldeep Singh were also present. The conference was aimed at bringing together experts from police forces and specialised agencies for an exchange of ideas on security measures.

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