The Sadhbhavana Yatra and community policing programme conducted under the aegis of Superintendent of Police Vikramjeet Duggal at Maddigaruvu in G. Madugula mandal to bring rural youth to the mainstream and encourage Maoists and militia members to surrender evoked a good response on Thursday.

A mega medical camp was conducted by involving specialist doctors with free distribution of medicines. Around 1,000 tribal people participated.

The police also distributed sarees, blankets, volleyball and cricket kits.

In his speech, Mr. Duggal highlighted the good work taken up by the Visakhapatnam Police in the Agency areas and appealed to tribal people to approach police for their problems.

He further elaborated conducting mega sports events called ‘Visakha Police Trophy 2014.’

The volleyball tournament starting from mandal level will culminate at sub-divisional level on January 12 coinciding with Swami Vivekananda birth anniversary. During Sadhbhavana Yatra around 15 tribal youths shared their experiences regarding the hardships they faced and how they overcame them with the help of the police.

They praised the good work done by the police. Mr. Duggal gave stern warning to Maoists not to interfere in developmental activities and to surrender.

He highlighted the future action plan for overall development of tribal areas by the police through sports events, job melas, mega medical camps, village adoption programmes and training of rural youth for job opportunities.

The villagers stated that they were facing problems like unemployment, road-connectivity, safe drinking water and health problems. The SP promised them that the issues would be addressed by taking up the matter with appropriate authorities. The programme was attended by Officer on Special Duty Damodar (Operations), ASP Fakeerappa Kaginelli, 198 Battalion Commandant Nishit Kumar, CIs B.M.D. Prasad (Madugula) and S. Gafoor (Paderu).

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