By Violet Pereira, Team Mangalorean
Mangalore: Lalrokhuma Pachuau, an officer of 1977 IPS batch, after taking over the DG in-charge and Inspector General of Police of Karnataka state, visited the Commissionerate for the first time and met the Commissioner, IGP and other police officers on June 28 in the city.
On this regard the commissionerate held a media meet at the commissioner's office conference hall.
Addressing the media, Pachuau said that press is the very functioning body in the society.
When asked about the terror, underworld, naxalism and communal activities on the rise and what action has been taken by the police, Pachuau said, "This is a major problem in the state as well as in the country and the police department is working hard to eliminate these problems in the city. Here in Mangalore the police department is doing a good job in dealing with the situation efficiently and with transparency. All the cases have been registered and taken care off. We have a special force to deal with the Naxalites and they are dealing with all the cases he said.
There are five coastal security police stations in Mangalore, Bhatkal, Malpe, Karwar and Kumta functioning in the Arabian coast and the government has sanctioned four more coastal security police stations. " I have come here to meet all the police department as well as coast guards and to enquire about their well being. They need to remain physically and mentally fit in this regard we have to meet the police officers and listen to their problems and find solutions", Pachuau said.
ADGP crime branch A M Prasad speaking on the occasion said that from last two years there is control over the naxalite and terrorism activities. This is the first time that Pachau is visiting the city after taking over the post. The Commissionerates' responsibility is to make the police more visible and effective and in Mangalore it is very effective and transparent in curbing the crimes. Even in Hariyana and Rajasthan the government is trying to emulate the COP system.
While questioned by the media about the surrender of the Naxalites, Prasad said that it is a back channel diplomacy which we cannot disclose or discuss openly. We need to improve such packages. Hardcore Naxalite cases have to deal case by case and this cannot be decided sitting inside the office. The government has formed a committee to study each case and define it as to what stage the case is and how it has been considered as a naxal case. Cases not related to naxal will be withdrawn, he said.
There are 924 police stations in the state for which Rs 100 crores has been sanctioned directly from the government for the development of all the police stations and also for the upgrade of the Technical, forensic Science, DNA, fingerprints and control human rights violations. For transparency in every police station CCTV cameras will be installed and under Sakala we need to solve all the complaints within a day of time.
"Another major issue is that of the petitions which normally takes 21 days to dispose of. We are trying to bring down the disposal period to 7 days. To give a transparent and efficient service the police department has taken all the measures," he said.
IGP western range Pratap Reddy, city police commissioner Seemant Kumar Singh and Dakshina Kannada district SP Abhishek Goyal were also present.
After Dr Hmar Thiak (H T) Sanglianaís stint as the director general of police of Karnataka, another Mizo is at the helm of the police force in Karnataka.
Lalrokhuma Pachuau, a Mizo IPS officer of Karnataka cadre who was on a deputation in Mizoram as director general of police (DGP) recently returned to Karnataka.
Pachuau had been conferred with various medals like Mizoram Police (Special Duty) Medal 1990; Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service 1996 and Presidentís Police Medal for Distinguished Service 2004.
Born in 1955 at Chhipphir village in Mizoram, Pachuau entered IPS from Karnataks cadre in 1977 after he graduated. He had served as Aizawl SP during 1988 to 1991, and as additional DGP in Karnataka at the time he was deputed for the Mizoram's DGP post.