Consequent to a strongly-worded interview to The Hindu by Lieutenant Governor Virendra Kataria on poor law and order situation in Puducherry, Chief Minister N. Rangasamy on Saturday held a lengthy discussion with senior police officials.

The meeting assumed significance following the announcement made by Mr. Kataria that he would meet Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to inform him about the “lawless situation” in Puducherry. I.D. Shukla, Inspector-General of Police (In-charge), and Pervez Ahamed, Senior Superintendent of Police took part in the meeting.

A senior police official who was present at the meeting told The Hindu that the Chief Minister had directed police officials to take stringent action against anti-social elements involved in various cases. Special drives should be carried to arrest all of remaining anti-social elements. Mr. Rangasamy said that he was not against invoking Goondas Act to detain notorious criminals. The police should function freely in arresting such persons and no political consideration should be given to extortionists. According to the officer, the Chief Minister pointed out the recent developments and incidents that showed the police in poor light in Puducherry and told the personnel not to let the image of the force get affected.

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