ANDHRA PRADESH

Crime Stoppers regional panel launched in Tirupati

Staff Reporter



They will act as facilitators, ensure suitable action

Citizen volunteers at village-level societies favoured



TIRUPATI: Crime Stoppers Foundation, an international non-profit organisation formed to prevent and control crime, has extended its operations to the temple city.

K.P.C.Gandhi, former Director of the Andhra Pradesh Forensic Science Laboratories and the founder-president of the organisation, formally announced the formation of a regional committee in Tirupati, which is the third in the State after Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.

Modus operandi

Explaining the modus operandi of the Crime Stoppers, Dr. Gandhi said the system would work on tripartite relationship between the people, the police and the press to create a peaceful and harmonious society. “If people come forward to share any confidential information they know, Crime Stoppers will act as facilitators. They will pass on the same to the police at the appropriate level and ensure that suitable action is taken. In this process, media will play a key role in information collection and dissemination”. The scope of Crime Stoppers extends beyond traditional crimes like murder, burglary, rape etc. and covers even abuse of power, corruption, crime against women, children, wildlife etc., he added.

The foundation was also keen on encouraging formation of village-level societies by involving ‘citizen volunteers’.

Indicating that India was the 25th country to embrace the concept, he narrated how the system was successful in controlling crime in developed nations like the UK, Canada, Netherlands, South Africa, Central American and European nations.

Issues

The issues dealt with by the forum ranges from academic matters like question paper leakage, mass copying, fake colleges etc. to women and child issues like dowry harassment, eve-teasing, bonded labour, human trafficking, pornography etc. apart from terrorist/naxal activities, land disputes, corruption, environmental pollution, economic frauds, food adulteration, etc.Former Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Executive Officer MVS Prasad, former Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Press Academy P.Venkateswara Rao, and PASS voluntary organisation president G. Balakrishna were present.



They will act as facilitators, ensure suitable action

Citizen volunteers at village-level societies favoured





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