Staff Reporter

Operation Periyar extended to November 30

KOCHI: The special drive taken up by the police in the Ernakulam rural district has brought to the fore the flaws in the system in maintaining a record of strangers moving in.

Even while the police were working towards preparing a databank about migrant labourers, a recent incident, where a complaint was lodged against a native of Assam whose details were missing, pointed to the lacuna in the information gathering system. “Instructions have been given out to make the scanning process stringent,” said P. Vijayan, Superintendent of Police, Ernakulam Rural.

The enormity of the work involved has forced the Operation Periyar, the drive to enhance to the quality of policing in rural district, to be extended to November 30. According to the original plan, the third phase of Operation Periyar was to end by November 12.

Second phase

The second phase of the drive was focussed on collecting information on religious fundamentalists and those involved in creating communal unrest. Two persons, Saheer and Ismail, were arrested during the second phase for assisting terrorist activities.

“Dossiers are being prepared on those who have history of associations with communal groups. This involves completing detailed check-list on their antecedents, present status and associates. This will take quite sometime to complete,” said Mr. Vijayan. So far, the police have opened dossiers on nearly 160 activists and have put their activities under surveillance. During the period, bona fides of nearly 1,500 migrant labourers working in various organisations were verified.

During the second phase of Operation Periyar, 26 theft cases were detected and 28 accused were arrested. Five accused wanted in many cases and had been absconding were arrested.

Petty cases were charged against 3,941 persons on violation of various traffic rules. Cases were registered against 310 persons for drunken driving, 295 for over-speeding and 30 for rash and negligent driving.

The beat patrolling system in panchayats was also rearranged during this phase.