Addressing the certificate distribution programme for the participants of civilian rifle training programme, held at Mangalore Commissionerate, on Thursday, Dr Rao said that after the success of the civilian rifle training in the city, such a programme should be held in areas like Puttur, Sullia, Bantwal etc. He said that apart from being a rifle training, it has become a platform where the people can get to know the policemen and the department closely.
Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj said that he has been very strict while issuing gun license to the applicants mainly because, with the gun in hand, people often tend to be over-confident.
Mangalore Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh said that though there is a guideline for the Department to hold such training for civilians, for some reason, such training are held regularly only for students but not for civilians. Earlier, talking about his experience in the week long camp, Chartered Accountant Nithin Kumar Shetty said that while giving the gun license, the license holders must be told about the dos and donts while holding the weapons too.
Agnel Rodrigues, another participant suggested that gun license, which is now in a booklet form must be upgraded and given face of a smart card, with photograph of the holder. As many as 86 persons took part in the training.
DCP Ramesh, DCP (crime) Muthuraya were present.
Gautham Noronha bagged first place in the rifle training by scoring 207 out of 300 marks. Mahendra stood second with 190 marks followed by Mohit and Ankush N Nayak who scored 185 marks each.