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RAISING ISSUES: B.D. Hiremath, president of Dharwad Bar Association, addressing a meeting of lawyers in Dharwad on Wednesday.
RAISING ISSUES: B.D. Hiremath, president of Dharwad Bar Association, addressing a meeting of lawyers in Dharwad on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

The earlier Superintendent of Police B. Shrikanthappa was transferred over a month back The post has been vacant for over a month, advocates seek early appointment

  • The earlier Superintendent of Police B. Shrikanthappa was transferred over a month back
  • Inspector General Police, Northern Range, is camping in Dharwad

    HUBLI: Even as the district is witnessing a spurt in cases of dacoity and theft, the Government is yet to fill the post of the Superintendent of Police in Dharwad district.

    It is more than one-and-half months now since the earlier Superintendent of Police B. Shrikanthappa (who was transferred to Chamarajnagar district) handed over charge to Deputy Commissioner of Hubli-Dharwad D. Prakash.

    Filling the post of Superintendent of Police of Dharwad district has became a tricky issue ever since the erstwhile Dharwad district was trifurcated into Haveri, Gadag and Dharwad districts. Dharwad district has a Police Commissionerate to take care of the twin cities. In fact, the carving out of new districts resulted in lesser work for the Superintendent of Police.

    No consolation

    None of the elected representatives seem to be bothered about the vacant post, especially when people are facing a threat to their life and property.

    Except for consoling those injured in recent attacks by dacoits, the elected representatives have not taken serious note of the issue.

    Senior police officials such as T.G. Doreswamy Naik, Inspector General Police, Northern Range, said it was for the Government to take a decision on the issue.

    Mr. Naik is camping in Dharwad to take the steps required and has constituted an anti-dacoity squad to check robbery and thefts. But the question is how long he will be able to camp in the district to take care of the situation.

    Association plea

    Meanwhile, the Dharwad Bar Association, in an emergency meeting convened on Wednesday, approved a resolution demanding immediate appointment of the Superintendent of Police to Dharwad district. Several advocates expressed concern over the alarming number of thefts and cases of cheating in the district. They said the absence of a police chief for the district was one of the main reasons for this.

    Advocates, including president of the Dharwad Bar Association B.D. Hiremath, underscored the need for deploying additional forces for building confidence among public. The Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissionerate should immediately take steps to deploy additional forces. The Police Commissioner should involve the platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police and Home Guards in patrolling to keep away unlawful elements, the meeting resolved.

    The meeting also discussed the issue of frequent unscheduled load shedding by the Hubli Electricity Supply Company and resolved to urge the Police Commissioner to take up the issue with HESCOM officials.

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