Staff Reporter

It is being upgraded to full-fledged 'B type' police station

Coimbatore: Podanur will for part of the Coimbatore City Police from Wednesday, the City Police Commissioner, Karan Singha, said here on Tuesday.

Soon after the communal riots and serial blasts of November 1997 and February 1998, the law enforcing agencies had proposed bringing the Podanur police jurisdiction under the administrative control of the Coimbatore City Police.

Aim

This was aimed at having a single agency with control over communally volatile pockets. The proposal was to include even the crime-prone suburbs in various police limits (under the Podanur police sub-division) under the administrative control of Coimbatore City Police. The stations suggested for merger with the City Police included Vadavalli, Perur and Thudialur since these fast-growing suburbs by virtue of their unwieldy jurisdiction found it difficult to combat the growing crime rate.

Manpower

The reason cited for such a change was that the City Police, which was well placed in terms of manpower and logistics, would be in a better position to handle them.

The proposal could not materialise since most of the police jurisdictions in the sub-division came under the ambit of various local bodies and their merger with the City Police had a pre-requisite in terms of bringing all these areas first under the Coimbatore City Corporation limit. The Government would consider this proposal later, sources said.

Podanur is being upgraded into a City police "A type station" with 70 police personnel including two inspectors for the crime and law and order wing.

Kuniamuthur outpost

The existing outpost at Kuniamuthur was being upgraded into a full-fledged "B type" police station from Wednesday.

The Station would be located temporarily in a rented building belonging to a trade union and would have a sanctioned strength of 32 police personnel to be led by two sub-inspectors in charge of law and order and crime. Podanur will be the parent circle station.

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