Staff Correspondent

They fall in the districts of Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar

Police official saysActivities in the area around M.M. Hills are being monitored Traffic education will be taken up

MYSORE: The Police department has identified 130 accident-prone spots in the Southern Range, and efforts are being made to reduce traffic-related accidents in the areas, R.P. Sharma, Inspector General of Police (Southern Range), has said.

Mr. Sharma told presspersons here on Tuesday that traffic-related deaths and injuries were a cause of concern. A detailed survey had been conducted to ascertain accident-prone spots in each of the police station limits and 130 spots had been identified, he said.

The Southern Range comprises Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts. Nearly 60 per cent of the identified spots were on national highways in Mandya and Hassan districts, he added. Enforcement was being stepped up to reduce accidents and work taken up to do away with the problems in the accident-prone spots.

A traffic education programme to develop road sense among the residents of small towns and villages would be taken up, he said.

Mr. Sharma said the department was planning to conduct medical examination of those who met with road accidents.

Naxalite threat

Mr. Sharma clarified that there was no naxalite threat in the Southern Range. "So far we have not found any naxalite activity in the range. Initial intelligence reports are not the final reports, and that there has been no evidence of any naxalite activities," he said.

Regarding the action being initiated by the Police department, Mr. Sharma said it was only preventive activity to prevent spread of the naxalite menace.

The department was monitoring activities in the area around M.M. Hills, he said. One of the priorities was to improve police response to the public, and also the time taken for it. A charter of citizens' rights would be prepared and publicity given through pamphlets, which would be made available at the police stations, Mr. Sharma said. Citizens' committees would be activated and efforts made to popularise the charter of citizens' rights through them. The charter would be launched through CDs and other publicity material on August 15, he said.

"The behaviour of senior police officials towards the lower cadres needs to be improved," he said. Leave was being sanctioned according to rules, and directions had been issued to maintain a roster. Equal distribution of work would help in improving the relationship among personnel, he added.