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Union Home Minister offers help in strengthening police force

BANGALORE: Home Minister V.S. Acharya, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Governor Rameshwar Thakur on Saturday reviewed the law and order situation in the State in the wake of the arrests of terror suspects at Ullal in Dakshina Kannada district and the attacks on churches in the State earlier. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao, Director-General of Police R. Sri Kumar and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar.

Peace efforts

Speaking to presspersons after the meeting, Dr. Acharya said: “Mr. Patil expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the State Government in maintaining peace in the State and controlling the communal elements.”

Dr. Acharya said the meeting with the Union Home Minister was “purposeful and fruitful” and added that Mr. Patil had offered Central help in “strengthening and modernising” the police force in the State. Dr. Acharya also said that Mr. Patil had initially expressed concern over the security arrangements for the Mysore Dasara, but felt reassured after being briefed by the Government about the steps taken.

Mr. Patil said the Union Government was seriously looking at the security concerns of Karnataka, particularly in the coastal areas. Addressing presspersons after reviewing the law and order situation in the State, Mr. Patil said the Union Government would address the security concerns in coastal areas.

Security

Mr. Patil said that Dr. Acharya and Mr. Suresh Kumar had briefed him on the law and order situation in the State, and added that Karnataka had “special need for higher security.”

He promised that the State would get all the help from the Centre in fighting the threat of divisive forces.

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