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Mafia groups will be crushed: Kodiyeri

Staff Reporter

LDF Government to constitute State Police Commission

Thiruvananthapuram: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said the Police Department is under the influence of powerful mafia groups that profit from a range of illegal activities, including money lending, sand mining and sex racketeering.

Speaking at a meet-the-press programme hosted by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club on Saturday, Mr. Kodiyeri said the Left Democratic Front (LDF) would ensure that such mafia groups had no future in Kerala society. Bribe is a common practice at the police station level now. 'No enquiry without bribe' is the current situation.

He said the LDF would not use the police to settle political scores. Strong action will be taken against policemen who use third degree measures or violate human rights. The might of the police force will be harnessed to 'crush' organised crime.

He said the police should be upholders of the law and servants of the public at the same time. The LDF would ensure that cases were properly investigated and charge-sheeted on time.

The LDF would improve the relationship of the Police Department with the public. Administrative steps would be taken to bridge the gap between Ministers and the general public, he said.

The Minister said a majority of policemen in the State were worthy of their job. 'There are a few who show criminal tendencies.' The 'lost pride' of the department would be restored. The Government would constitute a State Police Commission as promised in the LDF manifesto. The commission would handle complaints of policemen as well as members of the public. The exact nature and task of the proposed commission would be finalised soon.

He said reduction of traffic accidents and speedy redressal of complaints of women and children were on the top of the agenda of the department.

Asked about the alleged involvement of sons of senior politicians in the Kiliroor and Kaviyoor sex scandal cases, Mr. Kodiyeri said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was handling both the cases and the truth would be out soon. Asked why Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan was not given the Home portfolio, Mr. Kodiyeri said the department was allotted to him by the Chief Minister himself. To another question, Mr. Kodyeri said the party had the trust that the Chief Minister would abide by the policies of the LDF and the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

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