KERALA

Police to use autos for patrolling

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM OCT. 5. After bike patrols and mounted police, it is now the turn of autorickshaw transport to help the police combat crime. In a novel venture, auto drivers at Kesavadasapuram have entered into a pact with the city police to provide free use of three-wheelers for patrolling at night.

The agreement was finalised by representatives of the AITUC, BMS and CITU unions at a meeting with the Assistant Commissioner of Police, M.A. Salim, and the Medical College Circle Inspector, Mahesh Kumar.

The experiment will cover the areas under the Medical College police station limits. The vehicles will be used to patrol narrow lanes inaccessible to police vehicles and residential colonies.

In a pressnote issued here today, the general secretary of the AITUC union, Pattom Sasidharan, and the BMS union general secretary, C. Jyotish Kumar, said the experiment would be extended to other areas in the district if the pilot project proved successful.

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