Home minister pays surprise visits to police stations

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, on Friday, made surprise visits to four police stations in the city to review policing work.

He also checked if his men observed the 31-points he enumerated as checklists for the police soon after he became the home minister.

Reddy along with city police commissioner T Suneel Kumar and additional commissioner of police east zone Seemanth Kumar Singh, visited Cubbon Park, Ashok Nagar, Halasuru and Indiranagar police stations.

He also visited Halasuru traffic police station.

At Cubbon Park police station, he examined CCTV footage of 18 junctions and was briefed on the use of the CCTV monitoring by DCP Chandragupta.

At Halasuru police station, he lambasted the police officers for keeping the station untidy. Dusty seized vehicles welcomed the minister. Reddy told the commissioner to issue notices to untidy police stations.

The minister also went through station diaries to check for the types of crimes and instructed the police inspectors to round up goondas and book cases against eve-teasers near schools by increasing the beats around the institutions.

He ordered shutting of pubs and liquor shops before the deadline, closure of illegal recreation clubs, and booking of cases under COPTA for selling cigarettes and tobacco near educational institutions.

The minister also instructed the traffic police to streamline autorickshaw parking.

Reddy asked the police to come down heavily on the drug menace and chain snatching incidents.

The minister also interacted with lower rung personnel and inquired about their welfare. He also said the complaint box at police stations should be placed outside.

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