Police and fire services to get facelift

The Government will set up 40 new stations, at least one in each taluk, and purcahse 175 high tech vehicles, he said in an interaction with the mediapersons after the launch of telephone directory of the Bangalore Reporters’ Guild here on Sunday.

The Government has begun constrution of 678 quarters for the fire force staff across the State, and 320 of them are ready for occupation, Ashoka said. 

Prison reforms

The Home Minister said the Government would use hi-tech gadgets to check widening network of criminals connived with police personnel.

“We have found that mobile phones and weapons are stealthily moved into the prisons and hence the incidents such as (gang wars) in prisons in Hubli and Mysore,” he said.

“The notorius goondas behind such incidents will be housed separately,” he said.
Ashoka said jammers and scanners would be installed at a cost of Rs nine crore in the prisons across the State.

On the rise in cases of supari killings and extortions by the imprisoned criminals, he said the efforts to prevent such incidents were not effective as the criminals outwitted the police.

The telecom companies were of no help in tracking the criminals through their phone calls as they purchased SIM  cards in bulk and discarded them after sending a message or making a threat call. “Those who help them are police personnel,” he said.

On supply of weapons and other substances from outside the prison walls, the Minister said the department would cover the walls with net.  Relevant law would be suitably amended to expedite recruitment of police personnel, he said.

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