PASIGHAT/TEZU, July 1: In a concerted effort to educate the public and law enforcement about the newly enacted criminal laws, police in East Siang and the Lohit district administration organized special awareness programs today in Pasighat and Tezu, respectively.

At the Reserve Police Line (RPL) in Pasighat, the East Siang unit of the Arunachal Pradesh Police hosted a programme to highlight the key features of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagrik Suraksha Samhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam.

East Siang deputy commissioner Tayi Taggu and superintendent of police Dr Sachin Kumar Singhal, along with PMC chief councillor Okiam Moyong Borang, her deputy Rebecca Panyang Megu, and other councillors, released a handbook on the new criminal laws. The handbook, published by the East Siang district unit police, aims to ensure widespread public awareness.

In his address, Taggu emphasized the importance of the new laws in delivering fair, speedy, and time-bound justice. He stressed that maximum public awareness is crucial to ensure that justice reaches every citizen.

Dr Singhal detailed the significant features of the new laws, noting that they simplify the process of case registration and incorporate digital and electronic modes for online registration. He highlighted the citizen-friendly aspects, such as zero FIR, safeguards for women, children, and the transgender community, and provisions for virtual trials. These measures, he said, will address case backlogs and enhance the efficiency of the justice system.

ASP Pankaj Lamba assured that the district police are prepared to implement the new laws effectively, highlighting the training programs conducted to familiarize police officers with the changes. Dy. SP Ayup Boko, along with other police officers, attended the program.

Simultaneously, in Tezu, an awareness programme was held at the Conference Hall of the Senior Superintendent of Police. The session, attended by deputy commissioner Shashvat Saurabh and SSP Tumme Amo, focused on educating executive magistrates, police personnel, and the public about the new laws.

Saurabh underscored the importance of understanding the new laws for effective implementation. He announced that the district administration would organize workshops to further spread awareness and knowledge about the laws.

Amo explained that the new laws are designed to be citizen- and justice-oriented, with a strong focus on protecting citizens' rights. He highlighted that while the laws provide more powers to the police, they also include provisions to safeguard the rights of individuals. He expressed confidence that the new laws would lead to speedy justice delivery.

Inspector D Singpho gave a detailed presentation on the various provisions of the new laws, explaining how they differ from the old ones.