Tuesday, December 25, 2007

KARNATAKA : Coastal police will be further strengthened

By Team Mangalorean
Photographs Rajesh Shetty

MANGALORE, December 24, 2007: The Coastal Security Police in state will soon move to its own premises. The Coastal Police will have five different stations all along with Coastal districts namely Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada in towns such as Mangalore,Malpe, Bhatkal,Karwar and Kumta according to additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Shankar M. Bidari here today.

Chatting with the press people here today Mr. Bidari said the work on the station at Malpe will start shortly for which the government had already sanctioned land to the extent of two acres.

Mr. Bidari said the central government had granted Rs. 27.12 crore for commissioning the Coastal Police. Mr.Bidari said the Coastal police will soon buy high speed interceptor boats at a cost of Rs. 25 crores and another five heavier boats at a cost of Rs. 10 crores. The government has granted Rs.200 personnel for the coastal police. Mr.Bidari said that a police force led by in-charge Superintendent of Police Labu Ram has already in Thombattu village in Udupi district to deal with the Naxalites who have been sighted in that village.

Mr.Bidari said the department has also directed the officials probing into communal riots of October 2006 to seek conviction and help the prosecution. He said 324 cases have been registered in this connection out of which 59 were yet to be detected.

The police had been directed to take up the work of issuing summons, serving warrants and lending assistance to the prosecution. "It will be our endeavour to aim at conviction in all cases and we will make honest efforts in that direction. The rest is left for judges to decide," he said.

Mr Bidari also visited the prayer hall that was attacked on Sunday and Kasaba Bengre area where violence was averted by the police three days ago. Regarding the attack on a prayer hall of End Time Full Gospel Harvesters of India at Kankanady on Sunday Mr.Bidari said the Mangalore East police have arrested 12 persons and investigation was on.

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