Kerala

CM to chair high-level police meet on July 16

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is scheduled to chair a high-level meeting of police officers in charge of law order on July 16.

The meeting comes against the backdrop of the custodial torture and death of financier Rajkumar, 49, in Idukki and it is likely to be a precursor to a fresh round of restructuring in the force.

The conference is likely to discuss the administrative and command scenarios that have emerged in the wake of the creation of Police Commissionerates in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. The State government has decided to paddle back on the decision after the Communist Party of India (CPI) opposed the move. The government had decided that District Collectors would share magisterial powers with City Police Commissioners.

The CPI, which controls the Revenue portfolio, had purportedly viewed the move as trespass against the authority customarily vested with heads of revenue districts.

Officials said the meeting might also discuss the creation of the rank of Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, and the decision to limit police zones to just two. State Police Chief Loknath Behera will pilot the discussions. Former SPC Raman Srivastava, who is currently serving as Special Adviser to the Chief Minister, is likely to attend the meeting.

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