April 23, 2024

Hue and Cry

  • Recently, the Punjab government has issued a “hue and cry notice” against the fugitive pro-Khalistan preacher Amritpal Singh.
  • Its origins lie in England’s 13th and 14th-century policing system.
  • The ‘Statute of Winchester’ signed by King Edward I in 1285 mandated that anyone who witnessed a crime not only had to report it but take up a cry to alert the police.
  • These notices are governed by specific rules and procedures and are used sparingly to stress the seriousness of the matter and create panic among the public.
  • A ‘hue and cry’ notice is issued by the state or central authorities when it comes to any fugitive. A hue and cry notice is the process of seeking the help of the public in nabbing a criminal. This means that the public can tip off the police to help them catch a fugitive.
  • A ‘hue and cry’ notice against a fugitive contains a description of the criminal and the last known location, as well as a tip line number that the public might call regarding the information on the fugitive or if they have seen him somewhere.
  • While the term ‘hue and cry’ may have diminished in usage in contemporary times, it remains a legal procedure that must be followed to alert other states about fugitives.
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