Power to search without warrant
12. (1) Whenever any superior officer, or any member of the Force, not below the rank of Havildar, has reason to believe that any such offence as is referred to in section 11 has been or is being committed and that a search-warrant cannot be obtained without affording the offender an opportunity of escaping or of concealing evidence of the offence, he may detain him and search his person and belongings forthwith and, if he thinks proper, arrest any person whom he has reason to believe to have committed the offence.
(2) The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898
(V of 1898), relating to searches under that Code shall, so far as may be, apply to searches under this section.
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