Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Women help desks to assist petitioners file complaints and guide them to legal remedies will be set up at all police stations in Tamil Nadu, Director General of Police K.P. Jain has said.

Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, he said the desks would also be set-up at railway stations and bus stands to redress the grievances of women and children.

Admitting that there was shortage of manpower, he said at least 15,000 police personnel would be recruited by the Uniformed Services Recruitment Board in the next two years. The police had stepped-up vigil on anti-social elements across the State. The number of suspects detained under the Goondas Act in 2008 (till date) was 663 while it was 657 last year.

Mr. Jain said investigators were following vital clues in the murder of Vijayan (a relative of former Chief Minister, MGR). An officer in the rank of a Deputy Inspector General of Police was investigating the case. In the murders involving a suspected psycho killer in Chennai city, police had specific clues, which could not be divulged now.

Lie detector tests

The State police would soon acquire infrastructure required to conduct lie detector tests.

“We are working with the Forensic Department in creating the facility. Narco Analysis involves the role of a doctor. Establishing this facility was announced in the budget,” he said.

Asked if there was any mechanism to match the profile of missing persons with those of unidentified bodies (killed in road/train accidents or natural deaths) across the State, Mr. Jain said the State Crime records Bureau was closely following such cases. The SCRB had a database of missing persons that was being updated regularly. “We are even coordinating with other State police in this regard.”

The Chennai City Traffic Police had taken steps to reduce road accidents and ensure free flow of vehicles. About 34,585 cases of overspeeding and 6,225 cases of drunken driving were booked so far (this year) in the city. A drive was also launched against autorickshaws indulging in various traffic violations. The CCTP had collected a fine amount of Rs.5.62 crore, he added.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), K. Vijay Kumar, was present.