`Interaction between police, public needed'

The police plan to crack down on organised crime and anti-social elements soon as part of a drive to maintain law and order, says Superintendent of Police (Rural) S. Gopinath. They have already started preparing a list of anti-socials and habitual offenders and the cases in which they are involved as part of the drive.

It had come to notice that many accused persons indulge in criminal activities after securing bail. Steps will be taken to speed up their trial. The police have decided to further strengthen the "binding" being carried out under the Criminal Procedure Code, Mr. Gopinath told The Hindu . The offenders will have to execute a bond with two sureties before the Executive Magistrate stating that they will not indulge in any crime.

A 1993 batch IPS officer and winner of the President's Police Medal for meritorious service, Mr. Gopinath hails from Thodupuzha. A former international volleyball player, he had also the privilege to play along with Jimmy George in the 1974 Teheran Asian Games. He still cherishes the moments in the court.

Mr. Gopinath said residents' associations have a big role in checking the criminal activities and in ensuring that the youths are not mislead. "A mutual trust has to be developed between the people and the police. We will provide all support to the residents association. Women should come forward in this endeavour."

Mr. Gopinath feels that the police and the people should work hand in hand for the development of society. "The people get in touch with the police only during crisis. There should be a constant interaction between the police and public."

The "counselling" for motorists has been found to be very effective in Attingal, Neyyattinkara and Nedumangad and is to be extended. Educating motorists is the best way to reduce road accidents, he said. The police have already submitted suggestions to make improvements in the NH 47 stretch from Attingal to Kazhakuttom to the Public Works Department.

As the pilgrims to Sabarimala travel during the odd hours, the highway patrol and the local police had been asked to keep a vigil on the roads. The transit points of the Sabarimala pilgrims in the rural areas are also under police monitoring.