Proposal to be submitted to Chief Minister shortly

The police have come up with a proposal to set up a special squad in their bid to stop recurring incidents of violence in the communally sensitive district of Kasaragod, Deputy Inspector-General of Police (North) S. Sreejith has said.

The proposal is to have an 800-member special squad on the lines of the Central Reserve Police Force or the Rapid Action Force. A draft report will be submitted to the Chief Minister and the officials concerned shortly, Mr. Sreejith told reporters here on Wednesday.

The police officer was here to give a final shape to the proposal and to review law and order in the wake of recent incidents of violence that rocked the town and nearby localities, resulting in destruction of properties worth lakhs of rupees besides triggering communal tension for over three days.

Mr. Sreejith said an analysis of the violent incidents indicated that these were taking place in a 90-km corridor between the National Highway and the coastal areas from Manjeswaram to Thrikkarippur. Interestingly, sporadic clashes break out on ‘insignificant or trivial' issues and mostly youths in the 18-24 age group are involved in the clashes.

There is quick mobilisation of people, numbering between 100 and 1,000, when an untoward incident occurs and a handful of police personnel find it difficult to handle the situation, he said.

In 1,113 such cases registered over the last 10 years, around 11,000 had been named as accused. But none of them has been convicted as the parties concerned come to a settlement to escape the police dragnet. Henceforth, cases will be registered after analysing the specific nature of the incident and the accused will not be given a chance to escape the law on the basis compromises between the rival groups, he said.

The proposed special squad will be deployed in vulnerable areas. The police will observe the movement of each and every person in their locality like what the community police do now, he said.

District Collector K. N. Satheesh said the intention of the proposed squad was to turn Kasaragod into a riot-free district.

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