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POA Act, 1989 Rules

  1. take effective and necessary steps to provide protection to the witnesses and other sympathisers of the victims;
  2. provide immediate relief to the victims.


  1. An offence committed under the Act shall be investigated by a police officer not below the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Police. The investigating officer shall be appointed by the State Government / Director General of Police/Superintendent of Police after taking into account his past experience, sense of ability and justice to perceive the implications of the case and investigate it along with right lines within the shortest possible time.
  2. The investigating officer so appointed under sub-rule (1) shall complete the investigation on top priority within thirty days and submit the report to the Superintendent of Police who in turn will immediately forward the report to the Director General of Police of the State Government.
  3. The Home Secretary and the Social Welfare Secretary to the State Government, Director of Prosecution the officer in-charge of Prosecution and the Director General of Police shall review by the end of every quarter the position of all investigations done by the investigating officer.


(1) The State Government shall set up a Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Protection Cell at the State head quarter under the charge of Director General of Police/Inspector General of Police. This Cell shall be responsible for:-

  1. conducting survey of the identified area;
  2. maintaining public order and tranquility in the identified area;
  3. recommending to the State Government for deployment of special police force or establishment of special police post in the identified area;
  4. making investigations about the probable causes leading to an offence under the Act;
  5. restoring the feeling of security amongst the members of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes;
  6. informing the nodal officer and special officer about the law and order situation in the identified area;
  7. making enquiries about the investigation and spot inspections conducted by various officers;
  8. making enquiries about the action taken by the Superintendent of Police in the cases where an officer in-charge of the police station has refused to enter an information in a book to be maintained by that police station under sub-rule (3) of rule 5;
  9. making enquiries about the wilful negligence by a public servant;

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