Separate wings for law and order, crime investigation on the anvil
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that in the larger interests of better policing, a proposal to keep maintenance of law and order bifurcated from crime investigation is under the consideration of the government.
Inaugurating the delegates session of the 30th State conference of the Kerala Police Association here on Friday, the Chief Minister said such a division could not be carried out in the entire State at one go. It would be implemented on an experimental basis soon.
He said the responsibilities and services of the police had considerably increased compared to the situation 25 years ago. Considering this, the government had within the last two years sanctioned 2,000 new posts for the Police Department. In spite of financial constraints, the government was considering further strengthening of the police force.
Mr. Chandy said that “in democracy, rule of law is paramount. If there is no rule of law, democracy gets handicapped. It is the duty of the police to ensure the rule of law. But that will have to be ensured in a cordial atmosphere and for it the confidence of the people in the police is vital. If people lose confidence in the police, democracy stands threatened. The government will under no circumstance compromise on the rule of law.”
The Chief Minister said road accidents were claiming more and more lives in the State. But the strength of the traffic police remained the same as it was several years ago. Therefore, it was important to improve the strength of the State’s traffic police. The government intended to modernise the traffic police.
The session was presided over by the Kerala Police Association president P.D. Unni. A.A. Azeez, MLA; Mayor Prasanna Earnest, State Police Chief K.S. Balasubramanyan, and City Police Commissioner Debesh Kumar Behera spoke.