Alok Mohan, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), said Monday that police would take a more intense action against the sand mafia in the Udupi district.
Speaking to the pressurists after holding a review meeting of police officers at the District Police Office, Mohan said police had taken a serious note of the aggression and attempted to assassinate Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis, Deputy Commissioner Shilpa Nag and Accountant Kantharaj, when they raided a sand extraction site in Kandlur near Kundapur.
The police had detained seven people in this regard. As soon as Police Superintendent K.T. Balakrishna received the information about the incident, sent a team of police to the area.
To a question, she said that although Ms. Francis might have taken the police with her, she decided to make a timely visit as a good Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate.
People in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts normally respected officials. Therefore, there were no problems in the village of Halnadu, where Mrs. Francis had assaulted a sand extraction site. But it was in Kandlur that the incident of attempted murder occurred. The police had taken this matter seriously, he said.
As for other police measures, it had been decided to improve the system of expirations by having the police chiefs and police officers take care of the designated areas in the district.
Therefore, the number of blows at any police station would be equal to the number of police officers and police that had. This would help the police to develop a close relationship with people and improve community policing.
Thereafter, the police would reserve those involved in gambling and illegal sand extraction under the Goonda Act.
Drop boxes would be kept in schools and colleges so that students could file their grievances without writing their names.
Police officers had been instructed to go to schools and colleges and interact with students to stay away from drugs, Mohan said.
Present were Mr. Balakrishna (Superintendent of Police) and N. Vishnuvardhana, Superintendent of Police.