Coimbatore city is a safe place to reside, Commissioner assures them
In an effort to allay the fears of the people from North East India and to drive home the message that Coimbatore city is a safe place to reside, the City Police on Sunday convened a meeting. The Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore, A.K. Viswanathan along with Deputy Commissioners Hema Karunagaran (Law and Order), T. Senthil Kumar (Crime and Traffic) and other police officials met students, workers and professionals from Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Mehgalaya, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.
Mr. Viswanathan told the gathering that he had organised the meeting to assure them that the State and the city, in particular, were safe and that they need not harbour any fears. Asking them to not pay heed to rumours, he said that the police were taking all possible steps to prevent violence and preserve harmony.
The police had also launched special efforts to check violence. If the people from the North East had any problem they could get in touch with the city police on 2300970, the special helpline set up for the purpose. Or, they could get in touch with the Commissioner of Police on 94440-00029. The Commissioner later told journalists that police had prepared a list of areas where North East Indians resided and had deputed police personnel to patrol the area. The police had also erected check posts at the localities to monitor vehicle movement. Senior police officials have been deputed to monitor the patrolling operations.