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HONOUR: Commissioner of Police K. Nandabalan felicitating winners of the Tamil Nadu Police Athletic Meet in Madurai on Wednesday.
HONOUR: Commissioner of Police K. Nandabalan felicitating winners of the Tamil Nadu Police Athletic Meet in Madurai on Wednesday.

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Special teams formed to prevent chainsnatchings

MADURAI: The city police are developing a database of ex-convicts with their fingerprints, photographs and ‘modus operandi’.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Commissioner of Police, K. Nandabalan, said that the database of ex-convicts and habitual offenders would help detect crimes.

“In case of robbery and chain-snatching incidents, the complainants can go through the database and see if the identification of the suspect matches with any of the ex-convicts/habitual offenders. We are also strengthening our skills in developing computer-aided portraits.”

Five-tire security

Mr. Nandabalan said that special teams had been formed to prevent chain-snatchings during early hours.

The city was covered under a five-tier security system, including motorcycle and foot patrolling.

Asked about thefts on the Government Rajaji Hospital, he said the strength of the GRH police station would be increased.

Nearly 12 police booths that were operational in 2001 would be re-opened.

At least 7 habitual offenders involved in major offences had been detained under Goondas Act in the last two months.

Law College matter

On the Madurai Law College students frequently resorting to road-blockade agitation, he said that the city police would take up the issue with the Principal. Steps would be taken to ensure that the students concentrated more on studies.

The traffic police had realised a penalty of Rs.15 lakh in August from violators of traffic and road safety rules.

Despite spot fine being imposed, many road users were not wearing helmets.

Sleuths of the Intelligence Section were closely monitoring the movement of extremist elements, he added.

Felicitation

Mr. Nandabalan felicitated winners of medals in the 47th State Police Athletic Meet 2007.

The Deputy Commissioners of Police R. Ramrajan (Law and Order), S. Prabhakaran (Traffic) and K. Veerasekaran (Armed Reserve) were present.

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