Vibrant civic society makes policing a challenge in Mlore

Outgoing IGP Gopal B Hosur speaks his heart

Over an informal chat with the reporters here on Wednesday, Hosur said that Mangalore has the most vibrant and youthful media, which is true to the culture of this land. “The civic society is also equally vibrant, which makes policing here very challenging,” said Hosur adding that the tenure of his service in the region has brought him great satisfaction.

Regret
Hosur said that apart from the fact that police could not solve the Thimmappa Nayak case, Meera Balakrishna case (both took place before he took charge) and Kaiga plant case, there are no regrets pertaining to his service in the region. “I also wanted to provide better living conditions at the police quarters and develop police lane. Police services will undergo qualitative changes but it would not be overnight. More emphasis will be given on advances in technologies,” he said

Focus/strategy
Hosur said that peace keeping had been the priority and the focus of the department all way long.

Fire fighting for the police began with the Rasheed Malabari case, he recalled.
“History has lot of lessons to teach. When I took over as IGP of this region, I made it a point to get files about 10 years old and make an topic wise indepth study. This focused study has helped us to control criminal, naxal and communal activities,” he said.
He informed that strong intelligence network in the region, Mumbai and Dubai has helped the police curb criminal activities by and large.

“May it be underworld or naxalism or communal activities, all are like diseases. Your treatment should be based on a comprehensive study. The medicine given should be specific after understanding the reason behind the disease,” said Hosur adding that for him flow of intelligence had always been from the lower levels.

Naxalism
Naxal activities have been controlled in the region through three groups of people, viz., those who fear the naxals, voluntarily supporters of naxals and armed cadres.
 “Lot of developmental activities have happened in the villages affected by the naxal movement. Schools and Primary Health Centres are all functioning better than expectation,” said Hosur adding that as far as religious fundamental groups are concerned some top notch persons have been arrested and eye has been kept on the movement of some persons who are masquerading as disciplined, civilised individuals who are supporting fundamental groups indirectly.

SP and team
Hosur gave credit to whatever success he had in the district in controlling crime to Superintendent of Police Dr A S Rao and his team and their dedication.
Dr Rao is much younger to me but the degree of sensitivity, sensibility and maturity exhibited by him is commendable,” he said.
Hosur will be handing over the charge to Alok Mohan today (Thursday).
He will take over as Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Bangalore.
DH News Service

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