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Police Department being supplied with latest weapons, gadgets, says IGP

Colourful start: H.N. Satyanarayan Rao, Inspector-General of Police (Eastern Range), at the inauguration of the two-day District Sports Meet in Shimoga on Saturday.

Colourful start: H.N. Satyanarayan Rao, Inspector-General of Police (Eastern Range), at the inauguration of the two-day District Sports Meet in Shimoga on Saturday.  

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Anti-naxal squad to get more sharpshooters soon



Police told to be prepared to meet any threat

Security provided to all dams and other vital installations



SHIMOGA: Inspector-General of Police (Eastern Range) H.N. Satyanarayan Rao said here on Saturday that the Police Department was being supplied with latest weapons and gadgets to ensure that its personnel were fit to meet any eventuality.

He told presspersons on the DAR Parade Ground that the department was fully prepared to meet the situation arising out of reported activities of terrorists in Shimoga district. There were 25 sharpshooters in the anti-naxal squad and a few more would be added to it soon to enhance the strength of the squad, he said.

Seriousness of the issue had been explained to police personnel and they had been told to be prepared to meet any threat. Information relating to activities of naxalites was being collected, he said and added that no destructive activity would be allowed to take place.

Referring to shortage of staff in many police stations in the district, Mr. Rao said that the process of recruiting personnel was completed and they would undergo training soon.

He said that adequate security had been provided to all dams and other vital installations in the district as a precautionary measure.

Later, inaugurating the two-day District Sports Meet, Mr. Rao noted that 2008 was a tough year for the police as they had to face several challenges, including ensuring smooth conduct of Assembly elections, farmers’ agitation over lack of fertilizers, terrorist activities and flood situation, which put their efficiency and perseverance to test. Involvement in sports activities had become necessary for police personnel to get themselves relieved from stress of routine tasks.

He said it was a matter of pride that many of the police personnel from the State had made a mark in several State, national and international sports events. Mr. Rao noted that the department was committed to providing assistance and encouragement to the personnel who were outstanding sportspersons.

Mr. Rao announced that cash awards of Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 750 would be given to the teams which would bag the first and second places, respectively, in the tug-of-war event.

Superintendent of Police S. Murugan and Additional Superintendent of Police Kunigal Srikant were present.

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