Mangalore, October 11: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Western Range Amrit Paul said, “Law alone can avoid untoward incidents from taking place in the society. It is the duty of the police department to ensure that the law is not misused”.
The IGP chaired a meeting at Taluk Panchayat hall, in Kundapur On October 9th Friday and conversed with the people coming under the Kundaour sub-divisional zone. Public had participated in large numbers in this meeting.
“I have not come here to deliver any speech. But I have come here to take opinions and suggestions from you which will help the police department to find solutions to the problems faced and adapt new techniques in handling various issues,” he added. The meeting prolonged for one and a half hours, during which the IGP listened to and answered the citizens with patience.
Advocate Shiriya Gopalakrishna Shetty raised the issue of prosecution failing in most of the cases. He accused the prosecution of convincing some lawyers by taking kick backs from them. The IGP promised that he would look into the matter and investigate if a written plaint is given.
On the issue of misuse of law in the cases involving atrocities against women and children, the IGP said that the law is needed to stop the atrocities against children and women. He added that the officer receiving the complaint has to investigate and decide about the merit of the case and assured that if the case was not genuine it would be closed through a B report.
BJP leader Kishore Kumar with journalist K G Vaidya and others explained the traffic situation in Kundapur despite having a separate traffic police station. The proposal to ease the traffic flow was presented to IGP with various suggestions.
IGP replied that in association with students of Moodlakatte MIT Engineering College, plans for the better management of traffic are worked out. He promised strict action against those who break traffic laws.
Congress leader Malyady Shivarama Shetty urged for a police station in Kalavar or Koteshwara in between Kota and Kundapur due to an increase in population. The IGP asked the SP to send a report within two weeks about the pros and cons of opening a new police station. The IGP said that he will look into the matter where there is a proposal to shift the Kundapur Women’s police station to Udupi.
Gunarathna, former president of Town Municipal demanded that the women’s police station in Kundapur should remain.
During this meet, the problems faced by the public and pedestrians on the highway due to the fish and jelly transporting trucks, the police-public communication in remote places, increasing the police patrol after sunset and other queries were answered by the IGP Mr Amrit Paul.
The gathering was welcomed by the Kundapur DySP C B Patil. The programme was compeered by Circle Inspector Divakar.
On the dais, Rajendra Prasad, Superintendent of Police, Udupi district and Santosh Kumar, Additional Superintendent of Police were present.