State police launch Operation Suraksha

Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday said that he had launched an aggressive law-enforcement drive to insulate civil society from crime.

The initiative, codenamed Operation Suraksha, has been on since Monday. It comes in the wake of a public outcry caused by the “blameworthy manner” in which the State police had investigated the fatal assault on security guard Chandrabose.

At a press conference here, the Minister sought to address the fear such instances had caused among people. He said he had ordered the police to crack down on corruption, dysfunction, and nepotism at the station house level, which often resulted in social disorder and, consequently, more serious crimes.

The police mantra would be to focus on lesser crimes to prevent bigger ones. In the zero-tolerance approach to crime, even so-called minor misdemeanour offences, such as harassment of women and drunk and riotous behaviour, would be actively prosecuted.

The police would make arrests and slap fines wherever it was legally permissible to do so. However, the civil liberties of offenders would be protected and there would be no third degree.

Mr. Chennithala also ordered that police/community meetings be held in poor neighbourhoods, which were rarely represented in the law enforcement’s 10-year-old neighbourhood watch programme. Most thugs operated from behind the cover of political parties or trade unions, and an all-party meeting would be held to address the issue. Crime hot spots would be identified.

Environmental crime, such as illegal sand-mining and unauthorised razing of hills and filling of lowlands, was the mainstay of the State’s underworld. Such crime lords would be identified and prosecuted. The police would partner with people to combat crime. They could call 1090, a toll-free number, to register their complaints, if required, even anonymously.

Additional Director General of Police Arun Kumar Sinha would head the drive.

In the wake of public outcry over police probe in Chandrabose murder case

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