In a joint operation by the City Police, Coimbatore Corporation and Don Bosco Anbu Illam, 140 people without shelter, home and alm-seekers were removed from public places and accommodated at the Corporation's night shelter at R.S. Puram.
The objective of the drive was to free the city roads from the alms seekers and those residing along the road side. The continuation of the drive would be to ensure rehabilitation of these people through various means, sources said.
City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu said that four Assistant Commissioners of Police, 15 Inspectors and more than 100 policemen removed 91 men, 39 women and two children, of them eight were differently-abled and three were mentally challenged .
Mr. Babu said Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra provided vehicles and sanitary inspectors besides all other required logistics.
Father Santhanam of Don Bosco Anbu Illam said two men were visually challenged, six differently-abled and three suffered from mental retardation.
Commissioner Mr. Mishra said Corporation would rehabilitate those from other areas by sending them back.
The aged people would be retained at the corporation shelter and children would be sent to schools to ensure their rehabilitation and to wean them from organised alms seeking.
The Corporation would rope in the support of the Non-Governmental organisations for the purpose.
The authorities have ensured facilities for hair dressing of these persons, bathing and food.
Medical help will be provided to those sick and mentally challenged.