Mangaluru, November 28: Conversing at an interactive session was organised at the meeting hall of Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) here on Thursday November 27th, the City police commissioner R Hitendra said that underworld elements are hiding in places such as Dubai and Mumbai.
He said, among the underworld threat calls received, Ninety percent are fake, only 10 percent may be real, and they are done via the internet. Usually real estate businessmen and builders are targeted. Some people use the names of underworld dons to threaten businessmen”, he explained.
He also revealed that, already 27 underworld elements have been arrested, while others are absconding.
Conversing on communal conflict, he said it arises due to two reasons – cattle trafficking or cattle theft, and elopement of girl and boy belonging to different communities.
Speaking about the growing traffic in the city, he said, compared to 2010, the traffic has doubled. Unless the roads are widened, the situation will continue to be the same.
During the interaction, a person among the audience queried the police commissioner about the repeated incidents of moral policing in the city.
Answering this, Hitendra said, “I do not want to call it ‘moral’ policing. It is goondaism. Do not call it ‘moral’. The police department has already taken the initiative to book them under various acts and open rowdy sheets. Police vigilance has also been initiated. This problem can be resolved by creating awareness and it happens due to intolerance, he added.
Another member among the audience suggested holding peace meetings once in six months. The commissioner consented to the suggestion, and remarked, “Mischief mongers do not come for the meeting!”
H R Alva, among the audience, queried over defamatory posts in Facebook and other social media, to which Hitendra replied, “In such cases the accused can be identified if his data is available in the server. But if he deletes the post immediately and the server fails to retain the required information, it is tough to take action”.
Discussions were carried out over drug menace in the city, and ganja brought into the city from various places of Kerala and being circulated in areas like Bunder. Action was also urged for tightening night police vigil to prevent thefts.
A college girl pointed out that Ullal was prone to communal violence, and frequently she or her friends would get SMS asking them to return home from college because there would be some rumours about violence. Hitendra replied, “Whenever you get such a message, just question the person who sent it and the rumour will stop, or check with the police control room to confirm.”
Ram Mohan Maroor welcomed the gathering.
On this occasion, KCCI president Nigam Vasani and others were present.