If you have a grievance that needs police intervention or want to resolve an earlier lodged complaint, the redressal meetings at the office of the Commissioner of Police in Egmore from Mondays to Fridays are not your only options anymore.

The City police will now bring special grievance meetings near your homes on Saturdays at a school or a community hall. The new initiative, which kick-started at the West Zone of the city police from April 28 and continued this Saturday, is a step towards attending to more petitions and solving issues in the presence of the complainants and the parties subjected to allegations.

Speaking to The Hindu about the special grievance camps, Commissioner of Police J.K. Tripathy said the response has been quite good so far. “The grievance meetings with petitioners were held under the direct supervision of the Joint Commissioner and similar meetings will soon be carried out at the three other police districts. We have also planned to receive fresh petitions,” Mr. Tripathy added.

On April 28, grievance meetings were held in Pulianthope, Sembium and MKB Nagar police limits coming under the Pulianthope police district. Those who had submitted petitions to the Chief Minister's cell, senior police officers or police stations in the district were asked to come for the meeting. In many cases, the rival party was also called in and police personnel arrived at an amicable solution after counselling. Cases that could not be settled were referred to senior offices or directed to court. On Saturday, special grievance meetings held at Thirumangalam, Anna Nagar and Villivakkam police limits saw over 70 petitioners attending the meeting after receiving prior notice.

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