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Under Section 167 (A) of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC), the chargesheet would be filed within 90 days of the arrests, he told presspersons here today.
The chargesheet against the accused in the riots last year was not filed within the stipulated time. This was pointed out as a major lapse on the part of the police after the massacre on May 2 last.
Mr. Tharakan, who visited Marad the first time after assuming office, said that arresting and chargesheeting the accused involved in the crime were part of the efforts to restore normality in the strife-torn coastal areas.
However, he maintained that it was not the duty of the Police Department to take measures to rehabilitate the displaced people on the beach. But certainly protection would be given to families which returned, he said, adding that the primary aim should be to bridge the communal divide that existed between the two communities.
To a query, he replied that there was no difference of opinion between the police and district administration on the issue of rehabilitation of the victims. As of now the communal atmosphere was not suited to start bringing all the displaced people of a particular community. Several arrests and seizure of weapons even after the scheduled date of rehabilitation justified the postponement of taking such a hurried step, Mr. Tharakan said.
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