Police Commissioners in Telangana Must Emulate Hyderabad Police Commissioner C V Anand’s Laudable Police Adalat Initiative to Maintain Peace

Hyderabad is a ‘happening’ city with people coming from all over India for jobs and businesses. Many multinational companies esp. in the Information Technology and Pharma sectors are setting up shops in the city. Thanks to the energetic Minister for Information Technology (IT) and Municipal Administration K T Rama Rao (KTR), the World Economic Forum (WEF) is going to set up its first India Centre in the city. Naturally, the focus will be on peace, security, and law and order. None is better than C V Anand, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, to handle the challenging job of putting Hyderabad on the world map in terms of peace and security! Anand started the laudable first-ever Police Adalat initiative in December last year to maintain ‘peace and good behaviour.’

Thinking out of the box to maintain peace and control murders esp. related to the booming real estate, C V Anand, Commissioner of Police and Additional District Magistrate (Executive), Hyderabad Police Commissionerate held the first-ever court at the office of the Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad (ICCC) buildings, Road No.12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad on 9th December 2022. He examined the information placed before him by the Station House Officer SHO), Rein Bazar Police Station (PS) that there is a dispute between two groups, one led by Mohd. Abdul Basith and 4 others and another group led by Mohd. Abdul Rawoof, an alleged rowdy sheeter of the Rein Bazar Police Station. The said parties are involved in a dispute over a house property located on 500 Square Yards of land in Yakut Pura, Hyderabad. The said property belongs to the late Smt. Sandhya, who died in 1996, leaving behind her husband.

The Additional District Magistrate (Executive) C V Anand heard the presentation of case facts by the SHO, Rein Bazaar PS. He also heard the versions of the rival parties. Thereafter, he ordered each of them to execute a bond for an amount of Rs. 25,000/- with two sureties and adjourned the matter.

With the powers conferred under the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr. P C),  C V Anand, the Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad as Additional Executive Magistrate has made a beginning to implement the 107 Cr P C proceedings for the first time in Hyderabad Police Commissionerate. The aims are to maintain peace and good behavior in the city.

The police officers should note that the 107 Cr PC is a very effective tool to control the rival groups who disturb public peace. The power of the executive magistrate bestowed upon the Police Commissioner can be used in an effective manner to ensure peace in volatile areas. C V Anand has already resolved to use these powers which would be used to curb illegal and unlawful activities of rowdies, musclemen, dangerous gangs, and warring gangs in the future also. More such gangs indulging in criminal group rivalry and assaults, hot-headed groups fighting over religious places, over prime lands, and properties will be bound over in the future by the Hyderabad City Police under C V Anand.

Before starting the proceedings, the police collect evidence from persons acquainted with the circumstances of the case, the specific occasion on which the breach of the peace is anticipated or the existence of circumstances that are likely to lead to the breach of peace. If any person or group commits an act that results in disturbing the peace and public tranquility in the area, they can be bound over under section 107 Cr P C. They would be directed to execute bonds to keep the peace in their area.

It is disappointing to note that the lack of background checks on real estate agents by the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (TSRERA) is allowing goons to join the real estate business without any accountability in cases of cheating. The police officials are aware that such criminal elements posing as real estate agents and companies elements have been cheating the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and gullible businessmen with fake and bogus deals. Either the anti-social elements and goons themselves get into illegal land dealings or they are hired by land-grabbers who target prime land parcels and properties with weak owners, widows, childless couples, and NRIs. 

Let me draw attention to the fact that many recent murders have been linked to real estate deals gone awry. The grudges and heartburns over the commission on land transactions also contribute to murders. These real estate-linked murders are happening all over the Telangana State but increasing in number in Hyderabad. It may be recalled that Home Minister M Mahmood Ali had expressed his anguish at the growing murders. He pointed out that there were 26 murders in the Chandrayangutta area alone. Inquiries reveal that many murders are linked to real estate disputes. I say with full responsibility that C V Anand is vigilant. I would beef up my argument by recalling that the proactive Commissioner C V Anand checks the Dial 100 number from time to time to see if it is working and how quickly the police personnel respond to any call on Dial 100. Last year, he dialed 100 and complained about loud music playing at late night. The Dial 100 cops responded but came to know to their surprise and amusement that Police Commissioner C V Anand had called. He keeps his men on their toes!

I would suggest to the vigilant Police Commissioner C V Anand to roll up his sleeves, increase police patrolling in the area, keep cameras functional, and bring the anticipated criminals and culprits before the Police Adalat to bind them. I hope C V Anand is reading this report to take the suggestions in a positive way and improve policing in crime-prone areas. It is Hyderabad’s good fortune to get Kotwals or Commissioners like Pavithran, Ashwani Kumar and C V Anand who tread in the illustrious footsteps of Hyderabad’s famous Kotwal Sahab Raja Bahadur Venkat Rama Reddy, who served during the time of His Exalted Highness (HEH) the Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Siddiqui Khan Bahadur. I would urge the Hon’ble Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to direct all the Police Commissioners across cities in Telangana for the implementation of Commissioner C V Anand’s Police Adalat initiative. Investments would come to Bangaru  Telangana only when peace and harmony prevail in good measure!

Police Commissioners in Telangana Must Emulate Hyderabad Police Commissioner C V Anand’s Laudable Police Adalat Initiative to Maintain Peace

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