Law-and-order situation in Malabar

The top brass of the police force will meet at the Kerala Arts and Crafts Village at Iringal, near Vadakara, on Monday to review the law-and-order situation in north Kerala.

The high-level meeting to be chaired by Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will be attended by State Police Chief K.S. Balasubramanian; Additional Directors General of Police N. Shanker Reddy (North Zone), T.P. Senkumar (Intelligence), P. Chandrashekaran (Administration), Vinson M. Paul (Crimes) and Inspectors General of Police Jose George (Kannur Range) and S. Gopinath (Thrissur Range).

This apart, Superintendents of Police in Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode Rural, Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad Rural, Thrissur Rural, State Special Branch, and Crime Branch; Commissioners of Police in Kozhikode and Thrissur cities and Sub-Divisional Officers in all these police districts will take part in the meeting.

Highly-placed sources told The Hindu here on Sunday that the meeting would examine threadbare the crime scenario in north Kerala in the wake of Intelligence reports that basic policing operations needed to be drastically improved in the region.

The communal situation in Kasaragod district, political unrest in Kannur district and rioting in rural areas of Kozhikode district, moral policing and subversive activities of fundamentalist groups have been cited as some vexing problems.

Studies carried out by the department reveal that the coastal belts of Kasaragod district are a “potential volcano” for communal conflagration and large-scale riots are possible anywhere along the labyrinthine roads and by-lanes along the beaches.

As many as 1,000 of the 1,113 incidents reported in the district in the last decade have been in the area from the National Highway No 17 to the beach ranging in a distance of 4 to 25 km at different locations.

Kumbla, Kasaragod, Badiaduka, Adhur, Hosdurg and Bekal are some of the troubled spots.

The police usually had a tough time to quell rioters at times, numbering up to 1,000 on different occasions.

The meeting will also discuss the proposed Vadakara police package for effectively dealing with law-and-order problems in rural areas of Kozhikode district.

The proposals include creating a new sub division at Kuttiyadi and four police stations under the Vadakara, Koyilandy, Balussery, and Thamarassery circles. The working strength of the department (1,236 at 21 police stations) is that of 1998.

The sources said that another agenda would be on reopening some politically motivated murder cases in Kannur district.