Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has said that the State government is trying for a second generation of policing in tune with the changing times.

Inaugurating the third phase of the Jana Maithri Suraksha police system of Palakkad Town North and Parambikulam police stations here on Thursday, the Minister said the implementation of Jana Maithri system and students police cadets were a step in this direction.

He said that in providing justice, Kerala police was a model to other Sates. It could solve many complicated crimes such as the killing of two girls in a train. The Minister said the police should function without bias. They should not be hot headed with power. They should follow the rule books and provide protection to the citizens guaranteed in the Constitution, he said.

He said that criminalisation of police was an old story. The police had to be free from criminal activities and discharge their constitutional duties. He said the law to protect women would be passed in the Assembly session starting on Friday.

The Minister said the strength of the police would be increased to 1:500 to reach the all-India pattern.

Later, interacting with the tribal people from Parambikulam, the Minister said that steps would be taken to solve their problems, especially the alleged functioning of ‘mafia gangs’ in the Parambikulam forest areas.

He said that special investigation teams would be set up in Attappady to inquire into the large number of cases of unnatural deaths of tribal people.

The meeting was presided over by Shafi Parambil, MLA. It was addressed by district panchayat president T.N. Khandamuthan, municipal chairman Abdul Khoodose, Additional Director-General of Police B. Sandhya, District Superintendent of Police M.P. Dinesh among others.

In another function, the Minister took salute at the passing-out parade of the Kerala Armed Police second battalion at Muttikulangara near here on Thursday.