Friday, June 12, 2009

Mangalore: IGP delivers a tough message

By Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
Photographs: Rajesh Shetty

MANGALORE, June 11, 2009: "The police will not allow the anti social elements to ravage the civil life of Mangalore, be it communal groups or the anti social elements owing allegiance to any fringe groups" said Mr. Gopal Hosur Inspector General of Police (Western Range) here today.

Participating in an interaction with the press organized by the Dakshina Kannada Working Journalist’s Union here today, Mr. Hosur said the police would not allow the anti social elements to take control of the civil society in Mangalore or in the district.

Coining a new word "Communal Goondas" Mr. Hosur said that the Communal goondas who have wreaked havoc with the civil society in Mangalore were now being systematically rounded up by the police and in cases of resistance to submit themselves to the police they have been given “appropriate police treatment.” Many of them have been immobilized and sensing that they will also be rounded up many goons have left Mangalore and have hidden in other parts of the district, but if they raise their head there they would be dealt with severely and brought back to be put behind bars.

The IGP informed that the Western Range had multiple anti social elements that included Naxals, communal elements, terrorists and underworld elements. This was yet another reason for the police to take a tough stand against all adversities. He said, "we have already put into place two teams of 200 finest youngsters available in the police department in Mangalore and Udupi, an elite group fit to combat anti social elements and break them. These officers are supremely athletic and are fit to use any weapon, drive any vehicle and survive in extremely trying conditions." They will be put into action soon he added.

These men will also be posted in various problem prone areas especially in Naxal affected areas of Dakshina Kananda, Udupi and Chikmagalur and in the elite squads constituted for unearthing underworld thugs and anti communal goondas. He said four new police stations will be opened in Naxal affected areas including Ballandur and Amase Bail.

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