‘Police stations should be made proactive to attract youth'

: Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao said here on Thursday that more youth would be involved in police activities by strengthening youth clubs in police stations.

Mr. Rao was addressing a gathering of youth at a campaign on “Save youth from mishap” organised by the Mangalore Institute of Fire and Safety Engineering (MIFSE).

He said the police had found out that youth were mainly responsible for the “social unrest”, the district witnessed one-and-a-half years ago. He said there was “turmoil” in the district involving various law and order issues when he took over.

After finding out that the youth was behind such disturbances, the police reigned in on them. (Mr. Rao was referring to vigilante attacks and other communal incidents.)

Dr. Rao said the youth clubs set up in police stations would be made more pro-active to stop youth from becoming anti-social elements. He said saving youth from accident had wider application. It was a unique campaign taken up by the MIFSE.

The Superintendent of Police said statistics available with police revealed that 60 per cent to 70 per cent of people dying in road accidents in a year were youngsters.

He said the United States had emerged strong because of youths migrating there from different countries for employment. It showed the power of the youth.

Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University T.C. Shivashankara Murthy said out of the country's population most were youngsters. He suggested to the MIFSE to spread the campaign to all colleges and target other young employees.

H.S. Varadarajan, Chief Fire Officer, Mangalore, advised youth to wear helmets while driving.

He advised them against travelling on footboards of buses, consuming liquor and swimming in dangerous seas or rivers. Death of a young member in a family had chain reactions and it shook the family.

Negligence and miscalculations from the youth in taking decisions would ruin their families, he said.

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