KARNATAKA

Police force to be strengthened

V.S. Acharya

V.S. Acharya  

Staff Correspondent



There are 12 KSRP battalions in State

‘Culprits identified in pub attack case’



HASSAN: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said here on Tuesday that steps were being taken to strengthen the police force in an effort to maintain law and order in the State. Personnel would be recruited to the Anti-Naxal Squad, the Anti-Terrorist Squad and the Special Intelligence Wing in four months’ time. Mr. Acharya made a brief halt here on his way to Mangalore.

He said there were vacancies in the police force. Recruitment of constables in Hassan, Mangalore and some other districts had been completed. “We are also utilising the services of KSRP personnel to maintain law and order.

There are 12 KSRP battalions in the State with 1,000 personnel each. As they cannot be called in all the time, recruitments are being made,” he said.

Reacting to the recent attacks on women at a pub in Mangalore, allegedly by activists of the Sri Rama Sene, Mr. Acharya said it was the media that “blew things out of proportion”.

“How was it that three cameramen from a visual media group were present in the pub when the activists launched the attack? These cameramen did not even inform the police of the matter,” he said and added that 13 people had been immediately arrested in this regard. Twelve people were arrested later, he said. “We have viewed the video footage and identified the culprits. One advocate and another, the husband of a corporator, are among those who are absconding. A search is on to arrest them,” he said.

Mr. Acharya said the Government had already recruited personnel for the 13th KSRP battalion, and they were under training in Koppal.

He said that as Bangalore had become internationally famous, it had become a target for criminals.

Bangalore had witnessed 17 murders in January, of which 12 cases had been solved, he said and added that the police had arrested members of an inter-State gang who were involved in a series of vehicle theft cases. More than 8 kg of gold jewellery had been recovered from their possession, he added.

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