Special Correspondent

TIRUVANNAMALAI: Food Minister E.V. Velu inaugurated a police station in Anakkavur in Cheyyar taluk in Tiruvannamalai district on Sunday.

Mr. Velu said that the government was opening more police stations to stop crimes and facilitate speedy disposal of cases. As against Rs.1,716 crore allotted to the Police Department in 1991-96, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government allotted Rs.3,988 crore - more than double that amount - in 1996-2001, to help the police personnel discharge their duty more effectively. As against Rs.1,346 crore allotted to the department in 2005-06, the present DMK government had allotted Rs.3,437 crore in 2008-09, he said.

K. Radhakrishnan, Inspector-General of Police, North Zone, said that the crime rate had come down in Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts, thanks to effective service rendered by the police personnel. New police stations were being opened for the welfare of the people. A total of 136 criminals had been arrested under the Goondas Act in Tiruvannamalai district. Vellore district stood first and Tiruvannamalai district second in the rate of reduction in the number of criminal cases, he said.

Tiruvannamalai Collector Satyabrata Sahoo presided. Superintendent of Police (Tiruvannamalai district) V. Balakrishnan welcomed the gathering. MLAs S.P. Jayaraman (Vandavasi) and R. Sivanandam (Arni) spoke. Cheyyar Deputy Superintendent of Police D. Mahendravarman proposed vote of thanks.