Sullia: State minister of home K J George inaugurated the new premises of the police station here, built very close to the old building, on Monday.
He called upon his personnel to be people-friendly, while also seeking public cooperation in ensuring smooth functioning of the department.
He asserted neither the chief minister, nor himself as the home minister, leave alone any other minister, would not interfere in the normal functioning of the department.
People need not bribe the police, and if any such incident takes place, they could always report the matter to the higher-ups, George further said.
District minister-in-charge B Ramanath Rai said that to some extent the public should have some fear of the police. Those laying siege to police stations should be severely dealt with, he said.
Political leaders from different parties, top police officials including DIG western ranger Amrit Pal, Police Housing Corporation MD Seemant Kumar Singh, deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim, state law and order ADGP Alok Mohan, fire and civil defence DGP M N Reddi and others were present on the dais.
Earlier, George had arrived by air from Bengaluru and by helicopter to Sullia and landed in the MGM helipad in Kodialbail on the outskirts. The police of DK gave him a guard of honour.
During the same visit, he also inaugurated the new, expanded premises of the Sullia fire brigade at Odabai by the side of the Mani-Mysuru highway.