Deputy Commissioner says the district has ‘improved drastically’
MANGALORE: Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj has said that the law and order situation in the district has improved drastically over the past year.
Speaking at the inauguration of the intra-district police sports meet here on Wednesday, he said the situation had improved since widespread communal discord broke out last year.
Crediting Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao for cracking down on those indulging in moral policing and other disruptive activities, he said, “I place on record my deepest appreciation to the Superintendent of Police and his team.”
Addressing the gathering, he said, “This district has seen prolonged phases of depression, oppression and clashes. Every day new issues such as ‘love jihad’ and cow slaughter are raked up. But you have been extremely efficient in dealing with all these challenges.”
Much to the delight of the gathered police personnel, Mr. Ponnuraj said, “As a token of my appreciation, I am inviting all the participants of this sports meet for a dinner party at my residence tonight.”
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the event, Mr. Ponnuraj said the district administration was working on transferring the title deeds of the firing range in Moodushedde (near Vamanjoor) to the district police. He said the firing range presently belonged to the district administration. “We are in the process of transferring the titles to the Police Department,” he said.
Mr. Ponnuraj also said there were several encroachments on the premises of the firing range. “Some people have built houses that stand right in the firing line. It is very dangerous. We plan to relocate them at the earliest,” he said.
Responding to questions about the longstanding demand for around 50 acres of land to upgrade the district police infrastructure, he said moves were on to identify land. This land requirement has been projected by the district police keeping in mind the upcoming Mangalore City Commissionerate. The land will be used to house the City Armed Reserve police and also to have two new parade grounds and a new headquarters for the district police.
“We will mostly be looking for this land outside city limits,” Mr. Ponnuraj said. He also said it was turning out to be very tough to provide land for police quarters within the city.
“We are planning to accommodate more personnel in smaller pieces of land by building vertical structures,” he added.