Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Special teams have been constituted by the Fort police to monitor and prevent the flow of spurious liquor and spirit into the city from the neighbouring States in connection with the upcoming Onam celebrations.

The move is a part of a series of initiatives taken by the police to maintain law and order, a statement issued by the police here on Tuesday said.

The monitoring teams have started ascertaining whether the liquor sold through recognised outlets is legal. Anticipating an explosion in the number of customers during the season, the police have decided to deploy personnel at all retail outlets of the Beverages Corporation. The measures, taken as per the direction of M.R. Ajith Kumar, City Police Commissioner, include intensifying patrolling during the season to curb the activities of anti-social elements, apart from keeping a tab on the amassing of arms and explosives, if any, by them.

The police will keep an eye on all visitors seeking accommodation in various hotels, guest houses and lodges in the city. Steps will be taken to ensure the safety of the visitors in all popular destinations.

Steps will be taken to clear all roadside vendors, in association with the city corporation. Stern measures will be initiated against those who park their vehicles disregarding traffic norms. The police have approached the Kerala State Electricity Board to ensure that all major streets are well lit at night.

More patrolling

Police patrolling will be intensified in the areas coming under the Medical College police station limits, police officials told a meeting of the Maithri Suraksha community policing programme here on Tuesday.

Sub-Inspector K.S. Prakash informed representatives of the residents’ associations that plainclothesmen and women constables would patrol the areas on foot and in vehicles. He assured them of stern action against extortion of money for festivals and fairs.

The meeting stressed the need to repair potholed roads and replace damaged streetlights.

Participants highlighted the menace caused by anti-social elements moving about in groups at night and peddling drugs and counterfeit currency.

Circle Inspector V. Sureshkumar inaugurated the meeting. Maithri Suraksha convener Thekkumoodu Sumesh, councillors Johnson Joseph and Geena and Traffic Sub-Inspector D. Sudarsanan were present.