Staff Reporter

Those in distress can send SMS to 94979 00000

Information on criminal activities can be sent

Home Minister to inaugurate facility today

Thiruvananthapuram: Mobile telephone users in the State can seek police help by sending distress messages as ‘SMS' to the telephone number 94979 00000 from Thursday evening.

Inspector-General of Police Tomin. J. Thachankery said citizens should not use the facility to raise complaints about civic issues.

The service is chiefly intended to benefit those facing an immediate threat to their life or property. Citizens witnessing road accidents, crime, hit-and-run accidents, anti-social and terror-related activities, suspiciously abandoned bags and other containers can alert the police by sending an SMS to the number. The State Police SMS Message Centre at the Police Headquarters complex here can, if needed, relay the information from the public to as many as 15,250 mobile phones issued to police officials on law and order duty in the State.

It can also restrict the information to relevant groups. The National Informatics Centre has developed the software for the SMS Alert programme. Bharathiya Sanchar Nigam Ltd. is the service provider.

The public can use the facility to report specific instances in which the police have not acted satisfactorily on their complaints. Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan will inaugurate the new facility on Thursday.