Security upped to ensure peace, harmony during religious events

The district police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure peace and harmony during various religious programmes across the district between December 1 and 17 and thwart attempts of violence.  

Speaking at the phone in-programme here on Thursday, Superintendent Dr Sanjeev Patil said:" The district will be celebrating the feast on various occasions between December 1 and 17. About 124 prayers meetings and 64 rallies will be held throughout the district. The department has made elaborate security arrangements for peaceful and safe celebrations."

Regarding increasing cases of chain-snatchings, the SP advised the public to be more cautious while walking alone during mornings and evenings.

"Women should be aware of chain snatchers as suspects approach in the guise of innocent people seeking some information. The suspects divert the attention of women, snatch their chains and vanish," he said.

The SP advised morning walkers not to wear or carry any valuables with them.

"Walker should be careful while moving through isolated areas as suspects choose such places to commit crimes," Patil added.

CCTVs at major locations

Retorting to a query on the CCTV installations, the SP said: "The police department has proposed to install 667 CCTV cameras in the district at 294 junctions to ensure the safety of the public and identify suspects."

On complaint regarding the drainage in police quarters in Manipal, the SP directed the CMC authorities to address the problem.

Patil promised of initiating action against unscientific road humps on the stretch leading to the railway station. The complainant has related the unscientific road humps to many numbers of accidents in the area.

As many as 25 complaints were received on the occasion. The officer assured to look into the irregular timings of the express buses which are creating trouble for students and daily commuters.

"The CCTV cameras will help traffic police identify those violating traffic norms. The police would be able to identify helmetless riders and pillion riders and act penalise them," he said.

Other complaints received in the hour-long interaction of public with the police officer included shrill horns, functioning of illegal stone quarries, over speeding of buses, traffic problems, ganja sale, illegal sand transport and illegal liquor sale.

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