‘Moral policing’ will be replaced by the term ‘immoral rowdyism’: Dr SD Sharanappa

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Mangaluru, June 23:  In a ‘Meet the Press’ programme held at Press Club here Tuesday June 23rd, Dr SD Sharanappa Dakshina Kannada superintendent of police has informed that, the term moral policing will be reported hereafter as ‘immoral rowdyism’, as the act has neither morality nor policing in it.

Sharanappa said, this new term will be used by police and also requested the media to use the same new terminology while reporting such cases. In such cases, the victims generally hesitate to file complaints, but the police department encourages them to come forward and file cases, so that the accused can be arrested immediately and brought under law, he said.

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Due to the motivated team effort throughout the district, law and order has come under control. We are taking unbiased action as per law, he said.

Dr Sharanappa said, in all police stations, police documents are getting computerized through IT department. This has been implemented across the district. Electronic beat are also implemented which has benefited urban areas more than the rural areas. This has been implemented even in town and taluks. Information about the movements of police personnel can be obtained through electronic beat. Each police station has 10 readers which monitor their movements. As per new laws and directions from the Supreme Court and the high court, the investigation methods are getting changed, he said.

About the shortage of police staff he said, efforts are on to increase the staff’s strength.

Efforts are on to improve the quality of investigation. We have good forensic experts’ team in the district and police officers are well qualified, and smart. We aim at providing unbiased and people-friendly service. We are making sincere efforts to bring professionalism in the police department, said Dr Sharanappa.

Pertained to the crimes against students in schools and police beat in this measure, he said, in such cases, majority of the victims are from remote areas. In such situations we keep in touch with locals. In each police station, we have two staff who possess complete information about the villages.

CCTVs have been installed in 20 places, in sensitive areas, religious centres and check posts, he added.

About the Naxal movement in the district, SP said the ANF teams have been undertaking the combing and search operations.

On this occasion, executive president of DK District Working Journalists’ Union – Jagannath Shetty Bala and Secretary-Srinath Nayak were present.

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