KOCHI: All the police stations in the State would be provided land and buildings of their own within the next two years, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, said here on Sunday.
Inaugurating the new police station in the Cochin International Airport premises, the Minister said that an instruction in this regard had already given to the concerned authorities. He added that the government had already decided to construct building for all the Circle Inspector and Dy. SP offices as per the availability of space. If the required space was not on hand with the revenue department, the government would acquire additional land for this purpose.
The Minister also spoke of the government led drive to enhance the material facilities provided to the state police force as that was necessary in raising the efficiency level of the force. He stated that the step to promote the policemen according to their service was indeed a step in this regard. Further, the government was also planning to build as many quarters for them in close proximity to the station house
Mr. Balakrishnan also said the ban on third degree measures helped in reducing the incidence of lock-up murders and last year not a single murder in stations had been reported. Mr. Balakrishnan used the occasion to appreciate the state police for bringing to light the real culprits behind the recent attacks against churches in the State.
The function was also attended by Fisheries Minister S. Sarma. P.S. Shyla, president of the district panchayat,C. G. Krishnadas Nair, M.D. of CIAL, Vincent Paul, Inspector General of Police and P. Vijayan, Rural SP, were also present.
The new police station house, included in the eleventh state finance commission’s proposal to establish 100 new police stations in the state, has been built on 40 cents of land provided by the CIAL. A Circle Inspector will be the station house officer here and the total staff strength will be around 60.