Police to keep an eye on history-sheeters

The number of rowdy-sheeters in the State has increased to 26,838 in 2014, from 17,842 in 2013, and they are under observation, the police said.

Speaking with mediapersons here Friday, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) M N Reddi said after an order was issued in August 2013 to deal firmly with the history-sheeters, the police department has listed over 26,000 history-sheeters, who are now under constant observation by the police.

“We have used all the available data from the crime records, special branches, beat constables and mass petitions, to arrive at this number. As preventive measures, we have sought an undertaking, surety and bonds from them, to ensure peace in society,” he said.

If anti-social elements violate rules they will tend to lose their surety and action will be initiated against them, and also they will be taken into preventive custody. “We have already taken 50 such people into preventive custody and booked them under the Goonda Act. Many more trouble-makers will be added to the list. We have already sought the State government’s permission in this regard,” he said.

All the deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and other officials had been instructed to curb the rowdy menace, Reddi said. The new list of history-sheeters includes those indulging in rioting, eve-teasing, disturbing communal harmony, land mafia, bootlegging and excise violations.

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