No, the police cannot take anyone into custody and hold them at a secret location. As soon as the police make an arrest they have to do prepare an Arrest Memo and send that to the local magistrate. They must also inform a family member or friend of the arrested individual’s choosing about where they are holding the suspect.
The police are duty bound to make a record indicating the time of all those who are brought into the station in their station’s general diary. These details must also be entered in the case diary of the investigating officer. It is also mandated by law that the police control room display an updated list of all those arrested in the last 12 hours.
If the police don’t follow these procedures they will have to answer to the courts.
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