KERALA

Poor response to police programme

PUBLIC DUTY: Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, addresses a police-public interaction programme at the Town East station in Thrissur on Thursday.

PUBLIC DUTY: Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, addresses a police-public interaction programme at the Town East station in Thrissur on Thursday.  

Staff Reporter

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Thrissur: A police-people interaction programme at the Town East station on Thursday apparently failed to achieve its purpose as it drew very few members of the public. The programme was organised as part of the upcoming State conference of the Kerala Police Association.

Police officers who took part in the programme urged the participants to point out inadequacies in policing in the district, but very few did.

A participant alleged that the people were reluctant to seek the help of policemen fearing ill-treatment.

Use of foul language

“Policemen use bad language and no one with self-respect can deal with them,” he argued.

Inspector General of Police P. Vijayanand said that policemen hardly used bad language these days.

“I agree that policemen were once foul-mouthed. Today, we have a highly educated police force.

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Women’s problems

A woman speaker alleged that the police were not intervening to solve the problems faced by women bus commuters.

“Conductors often misbehave with women,” she said. Senior police officers agreed to look into the matter.

Mr. Vijayanand said that policing would be effective in the district only with the active cooperation of the public. “Investigation suffers when people refuse to provide information on the accused. Members of the public shy away from being named witnesses in cases.”

Political interference

Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, called for an end to political interference in the functioning of the police force.

KPA State executive committee member Shahul Hameed presided.

The Leaderof the Opposition in the Corporation I. P. Paul, Councillors A. M. Krishnan, John Kanjirathinkal, K. R. Vinod, Abdul Muthalif, Deputy Superintendent of Police P. Radhakrishnan, David Chirammel, Thariyan Chungath and M. Jayaprakash also spoke.

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