Police-public interface held

Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: A face-to-face programme between the city police and the public organised by the district unit of the Kerala Police Association (KPA) on the Vellayil Police Station premises here on Sunday became a platform for the residents to air their views on various issues concerning the Vellayil locality. Many residents suggested that the civic authorities as well as the city police facilitate more interactions among the local people. The police personnel should also take efforts to know each member of the household in the neighbourhood individually.

Several others felt that the police needed to look into their complaints filed at the police station. The police personnel usually treat the complainant like a criminal when he or she arrived at the police station. The attitude of the police towards the petitioners should change, they said.

However, a few others said the approach of the police could change only if the government modified the functioning of the police and reduced their work load. Many wanted the police to investigate cases in a time-bound manner. The police were reluctant to take up investigation even if the local politicians intervened in the matter.

Sometimes the police registered cases only after checking the voters’ list and ration cards. Many urged the police to initiate action against anti-social elements on Vellayil beach.

In his reply speech, Vellayil sub-inspector Ganesh Kumar assured the residents that the issue would be dealt with sternly.

Many also requested that police presence should be strengthened on Kamburam beach when political parties and other organisations conduct rallies on beach.

Another suggestion was that the police should seek the cooperation of the residents in maintaining law and order in the hotspots of the city, particularly the coastal areas. Kozhikode Mayor M. Bhaskaran inaugurated the programme. KPA district secretary P.K. Haridasan was the moderator.

KPA district president P.T. Muraleedharan presided over the programme. Corporation councillors K.V. Baburaj, P. Mamukoya and Asha Sasankan, among others, spoke.

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