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DIG receives award

HONOUR: The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tirunelveli Range, Kahnu Charan Mahali, with the award.

HONOUR: The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tirunelveli Range, Kahnu Charan Mahali, with the award.  

Staff Reporter

For his contribution to ensure hassle-free traffic

TIRUNELVELI: The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tirunelveli Range, Kahnu Charan Mahali, has received a prestigious `Institute of Road Traffic and Education and Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2006' for his contribution to ensure hassle-free traffic and create an awareness among the public of road safety.

He received the award from the renowned senior police officer, Kiran Bedi, at a function held in New Delhi recently.

When he was working as the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Chennai, Mr. Mahali, based on the volume of vehicular traffic on busy stretches, including Madhya Kailash Junction, Adyar, Chamiers Road, Turnbulls Junction and TTK Road, had enforced traffic regulations, which improved the system significantly.

After being transferred to Tirunelveli, he, as part of his road safety campaign, took efforts to provide helmets to two-wheeler riders of Gangaikondan and Moolaikkaraipatti to prevent fatal accidents, owing to grievous head injury, which collectively fetched Mr. Mahali the coveted award, instituted in 2000 for acknowledging contribution to the development of positive road culture in traffic management.

Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Mr. Mahali said fatal accidents in Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumar districts had consumed more lives during 2006 than murder.

While incidents of murder claimed 61 lives in Tirunelveli district last year, 333 persons (63 owing to head injury) were killed in accidents.

This figure stood at 56 and 268 (42 owing to head injury) in Tuticorin district and the Kanyakumari district registered 208 (137 due to head injury) fatal accidents while 24 persons were murdered. Precisely, 141 persons had been murdered in these three districts during 2006 while 809 became accident victims (142 owing to head injury) during this period.

The Superintendents of Police, N.K. Senthamaraikannan of Tirunelveli, Y. John Nicholson of Tuticorin and the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Tirunelveli City, R. Dhinakaran, were present.

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