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Intelligence gathering at police station-level important: Ex-DGP

D.V. Guruprasad, former Director-General of Police, speaking at an event in Mangaluru on Thursday.

D.V. Guruprasad, former Director-General of Police, speaking at an event in Mangaluru on Thursday.

While expressing the need for strengthening Intelligence gathering mechanism at the level of police station, former Director-General of Police D.V. Guruprasad said here on Thursday that people-friendly policing will greatly help in collecting information.

Speaking on ‘Intelligence, naxalism, Veerappan operations and other aspects of policing’ at the office of the Police Commissioner here, Mr. Guruprasad said Intelligence gathering is a sensitive task and not much importance has been given to this.

Police stations, he said, continue to be the main unit of Intelligence gathering mechanism. “If this is not strengthened, it is difficult to prevent law and order problems,” he said. The station house officer of each police station should have information about activities in his/her area. The officer should have regular interaction with policemen on beat duties and gather information.

Citing the way forest brigand Veerappan gathered information from forest dwellers about movement of security forces in his area, Mr. Guruprasad said police should work in a way that builds confidence in people, who then will openly share information about activities in their area.

“Robust Intelligence gathering mechanism is necessary in coastal Karnataka region, which has to be more cautious about terrorist activities,” he said.


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