Friday, April 03, 2009

IG expresses concern over increasing crime in coastal belt

UNI, Thursday, 02 April 2009 - 13:31:20 IST

Manipal: Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Gopal B Hosur today expressed concern over increasing incidents of crime in coastal areas of Karnataka.

''The increasing incidents of communal disharmony, underworld activities and links, terrorism, moral policing and naxal activities have become the core issues of the coastal region,'' he said, addressing a press conference here after inaugurating two mobile security vans provided by the Manipal University with university security men and an armed policeman.

He said policing had seen a sea change in recent time and had become more challenging.

He said the challenge was stronger in the coastal region. Moral policing has made things tough for the police. Security personnel had to be on their toes round the clock. Of late, the coastal region was in news for wrong reasons.

While citing University's example of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in strengthening the hands of the police, he said the public in general could play an important role in bettering security.

Manipal University, Chancellor Dr Ramdas M Pai hoped that the venture would prove beneficial to the students of the two campuses and to the people of the area as well.

Pro Chancellor Dr H S Ballal said patrolling will help to beef up security cover on the two campuses. 'Eagle 1 and II' the two vans, are equipped with additional communications and other specialized equipment

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