Says there are serious lapses in the implementation of the Goonda Act
Thrissur: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said there are serious lapses in the implementation of the Kerala Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Ordinance, known as the Goonda Act.
Addressing a meeting of police officers from Thrissur, Malappuram and Palakkad districts at the Kerala Police Academy here on Friday, he alleged the police were not implementing the Act properly.
“The police do not follow the directives of even the District Collector. The constabulary should assess its own performance,” he said.
He warned that action would be taken against errant officers.
“The government has received complaints against a section of officers. The complaints have been viewed seriously.”
He said that sand trafficking, spirit smuggling and trafficking of women for sexual exploitation would be brought under the purview of the Goonda Act.
He urged Deputy Superintendents of Police to periodically review the implementation of the Act.
“The Superintendents of Police should do a crime audit for the district. The Collector, Superintendent of Police, Forest and Excise officials should meet once in three months to review the law and order situation in the district. Patrolling should be intensified. It should cover places where centres of worship are located. The police should be alert to dangers posed by fundamentalist outfits.”
He called for improving people-police relations. “In this age of technology, a section of the police still has the 17th century mindset. Visiting police stations is still a nightmare for many people. Policemen do not treat visitors well. The fact that some policemen of the younger generation, who are highly qualified, too are guilty of this charge is a matter of concern,” he added.
Director-General of Police Jacob Punnoose was present on the occasion.