Police deny reports of harassment

UDUPI, OCT. 11. The Superintendent of Police, S. Murugan, on Monday denied reports of harassment by the police in the district while conducting operations against naxalites.

In a press release issued here, Mr. Murugan said some newspapers had reported that people were being harassed by the police in villages affected by naxalite activities. But so far, no complaint of harassment had been registered, he said. The police had intensified their operations because of the increase in naxalite activities. But he had given instruction to the officers and the personnel not to trouble the people in this matter, he said. Mr. Murugan urged the people to cooperate with the police during the operations. If there was any harassment or atrocity by the police, stern action would be taken against the personnel concerned provided a complaint was lodged, he said. He noted that there had been reports in some sections of the media that naxalites had destroyed a bridge at Amasebail in the Shankarnarayana Police Station limits. An investigation in this regard had been conducted. The bridge in question was a small one built of wood. It had been destroyed using common implements, he said and added that no explosives or modern weapons had been used to destroy it.

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