‘My priority is crime control'

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New Police Commissioner K. C. Mahali takes charge in Salem

In the top spot: IGP K.C. Mahali assumed office as Salem City Police Commissioner on Friday . - Photo: P. Goutham
In the top spot: IGP K.C. Mahali assumed office as Salem City Police Commissioner on Friday . - Photo: P. Goutham

Police Commissioner K. C. Mahali unveiled a comprehensive plan for crime control and traffic maintenance here.

After assuming office as the police commissioner here on Friday, Mr. Mahali, who is succeeding K. Chokkalingam, told the media that he would take effective steps on the sphere of crime control and also ‘localize' any problem so that it is not permitted to emerges later as a serious issue.

“Those criminals who come into the adverse notice of the police will be detained under Goondas' Act. Rowdy list will be prepared and check-posts will be strengthened to make the city free of criminals. All pending Non Bailable Warrants will be executed.

“If necessary, Section 107 of Criminal Procedure Code also will be invoked,” he said.

Promising that grievances redress mechanism will be fine-tuned, the Police Commissioner said that strict enforcement of prohibition laws would be enforced.

Mr. Mahali further pointed out that regular beats would be carried out and register on locked houses would be maintained.

“As a new concept, the neighbourhood watch-scheme will be introduced in which patrolling on bi-cycles, motor bikes and jeeps would be carried out. Residential committees will be formed and police assistance booths will be opened for local protection,” he said.


Stress would be given on traffic management. For a free flow of traffic, lane-discipline, road markings, traffic signals, speed-breakers, zebra-crossings, one-ways, barricades etc would be implemented.

An accident map also would be prepared to study the pattern of accidents and a micro-level study on accident prone zones would be taken up.

He said all policemen would be asked to go for a crash course on first-aid so that the Golden Hour treatment could be given to accident victims.

Control room would have to play a vital role on reducing the response time, he said.

Mr. Mahali was IG central Zone before he took over charge here.

A native of Orissa, he was DC (Law and Order), Salem city in 2001 and served as DIG in Vellore, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli ranges.

He was IG Railways in 2008 and 2010 and also Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore in 2008-2009.

He received Dr. Malcom Emerald Award for his planning and execution in 2004 Mahamaham festival at Kumbakonam and awarded President's Police medal in 2005.

He also received Prince Michael International Safety Award (UK) in 2006, it may be pointed out.

He promises that the grievance redress mechanism will be fine-tuned




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