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Voicing complaint:A resident airing his grievance at a public meeting organised by Rajamangalam Police Station in Villivakkam.Photo: S.Thanthoni
Voicing complaint:A resident airing his grievance at a public meeting organised by Rajamangalam Police Station in Villivakkam.Photo: S.Thanthoni

At a time when public-official interaction has become far and few, the public meeting organised with the residents welfare associations by the Rajamangalam Police Station, Villivakkam, at Subhamangala Thirumana Mandapam, Villivakkam, on September 30, came as a boon for the residents to air their complaints to the police officials.

Though the public meeting was convened by the Police Station at a short notice, a large number of residents turned up said M. Ravikumar, Sub-Inspector (Law and Order) .

He said the meeting was organised on the instructions of the new Chennai Police Commissioner S. George.

“A division-wise meeting has been proposed to be held in the coming weeks where the residents would be advised on the precautionary steps to be taken to prevent theft and crimes,” he said.

The residents of welfare associations including Baba Nagar, North Jaganathan Nagar, Rajamangalam, Poompuhar Nagar, Sriniasa Nagar and Rajaji Nagar, participated .

Govindan Bhat, a resident of Baby Nagar, regretting the loss of peace in the locality due to the presence of a large number of beggars, wanted the police officials to take steps to stop this nuisance.

Elaborating , he said that every Saturday hundreds of beggars from various parts of the city and suburbs invaded Baba Nagar for receiving alms from a ‘philanthropist’ residing at Baba Nagar 4{+t}{+h}Street.

“It has become a nuisance for the residents of Baba Nagar, particularly the residents of 4{+t}{+h}and 6{+t}{+h}Streets, as the large section of beggars who occupy the street corners and front portion of the houses litter the area with garbage and other wastes. The residents , who also have the right to live in a peaceful atmosphere, are unable to spend a pleasant weekend because of their presence.”

He also brought to focus the civic problem and security factors on this count. C.R. Ramakanthan, a senior citizen of Baba Nagar, questioned the utility of police booths when there are no police officials there.

He said that the booths displaying “May I help you” would serve no purpose when the booths remain normally locked and vacant.

He wanted the Police officials to regularly post police personnel at the police booths, as this would boost the confidence of the people and help in preventing petty thefts .

A member representing Kumaravel Memorial Cricket Club said that poor street lighting and lack of patrolling of interior streets resulted in chain snatching incidents and wanted the police officials to take steps to prevent them.

B. Subburamiah, president, North Jaganathan Nagar Association, Villivakkam, thanked the Police Department for organising an interaction meeting and keeping the locality a trouble-free zone.

He requested that a police booth be installed on the 3{+r}{+d}Street of North Jaganathan Nagar to keep a check on strangers who may do mischief.

T. Ashokan, Inspector (Law and Order), Rajamangalam Police Station, also participated .

The residents can contact the police station at 23452750 and 23452751.

At a meeting with police officials recently the residents of Villivakkam gave voice to their grievances.

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