Bengaluru: The Bengaluru police have formed two special teams to keep a close watch on criminals from the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
In view of Bengaluru’s geographical proximity to both these states, criminals from TN and AP are said to be committing several crimes in the City and fleeing to their home state.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), P Harishekaran told media that an analysis of City’s crime statistics has revealed that nearly 40 per cent of those who were involved in crimes in Bengaluru were from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Thus, two special teams have been constituted to heighten vigil on such persons.
The two special teams headed by assistant commissioners of police (ACPs) will have 22 police personnel each. Both the teams have been given three jeeps each for their functioning. It has been found that criminals from the two states were involved mainly in murders, burglaries and robberies at ATM kiosks.
A special team set up in the Northeast division will be headed by ACP (Mico Layout sub-division) B N Obalesh and have four inspectors, three sub-inspectors, three assistant sub-inspectors, five head constables and six constables. The team will visit central prisons at Vellore, Krishnagiri and Salem and a sub-jail at Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu and interact with prison officials. The team will collect details of all the under-trials and request the jail officials to inform Bengaluru police about the release of any of the prisoners.
Similarly, the other special team from East division that will be headed by ACP (KR Puram subdivision) H Siddappa will visit central prisons at Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam and Nellore and a sub-jail in Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh and collect data on under-trials.
Harishekaran said the two teams will also study the modus operandi (MO) of these criminals. With such data on hand, it would be easier for the police to trace the suspects if a crime is committed in Bengaluru by adopting a particular MO. The police will immediately get in touch with jail authorities from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to ascertain whether any under-trial, who had committed crimes using similar MO, has been released from jail recently. The information will help the police in tracing the suspect easily.