THE BENGAL POLICE- POWERS OF TAHSILDARS

REGULATION, 1831

[BENGAL REGULATION No. XI OF 1831]

(Passed by the Governor- General in Council on the Ist November, 1831)

                A Regulation for vesting Tahsildars in certain cases with the powers of police Officers. 

1. Preamble.- ***2  whereas with a view to improve the efficiency of the police, it is expedient that, in districts of the Ceded and conquered [Provinces]2   in which tahsildari establishments are maintained subject to the authority of the Collectors, the [State Government] be empowered by [orders]5  to vest the tahsildars with the powers at present exercised by daroghas of police,  * * *the following rules have accordingly been enacted, to be in force from the date of their promulgation throughout the [Provinces] aforesaid.   

2. State Government may authorize tahsildar to exercise powers vested in police daroghas , etc. It  shall  be competent to the [State Government ]4 , by [order ]5 , to authorize any tahsildar or tahsildars to exercise the powers vested by the existing Regulation in daroghas of police and to determine the local limits of their Police jurisdictions within which all  officers of police, including the present  thana and village- police – establishments shall be subordinate to. And subject to the control of the tahsildar, in his capacity of chief police thanadar 7

                3. [Daroghas to the designated Naib- daroghas.] Rep. by Act XVI 1854.

                4. [Modification of Ben . Reg. XX of 1871.] Rep .by Act  XII of 1876.

5. Tahsildars vested with powers of daroghas may employ chaprasis etc., on fixed tahsildari establishments.-  The  tahsidars who may be vested with the powers of daroghas under this  Regulation are authorized to employ, when necessary, in aid of the regular police establishments  any chaprasis or other persons entertained on their fixed tahsildari establishments; and revenue officers, when so employed shall be guided in the discharge of their police duties by all the rules now in force , or which may hereafter by enacted, for the guidance of the police officers.  

  But the fixed thana –establishments shall not be  employed in the  collection of the land revenues, or in other revenue – duties, except in cases of distrait for arrears of rent or revenue , or such other occasions as by the Regulations in force  is now authorized  

6. Statement to be proclaimed in district where arrangement authorized by Regulation is carried into effect.-  Whenever the  [State Government ] shall see fit to carry into effect the arrangement t herein authorized in any district or pat of a district , a  statement shall be drawn out specifying the number and extent of the several police and revenue jurisdictions the names  and numbers of the officers attached to them , and the headquarters’ or thanas  and  the outposts of the several divisions ;

7.  [Reductions in police establishments.] Rep. by Act XVI of 1854.

8, [ Modification of Ben . Reg.XVII of 1816.] Rep. by Act. XVI of 1874.