WARANGAL: Warangal DIG B Malla Reddy is also incharge of Karimnagar range, overseeing the functioning of police in Karimnagar and Adilabad. In an exclusive interview with TNIE, he speaks on security at border areas, and the improvements made to police squad for the safety of people.
How are you going to tackle the anti-social elements and illegal land settlements which are said to be on the rise after the formation of the Telangana State?
Malla Reddy: We are taking all possible steps to curb activities of all forms that can cause public disturbance and harm. The Station House officers (SHO) at all the police stations have been directed to identify the rowdies and other troublemakers in their respective PS limits and register cases against those people under the PD Act, including illegal land settlements.
What about child trafficking and other crimes like robberies, chain snatching, gambling, eve teasing etc in Warangal city?
MR: In order to put a stop to these unlawful activities, we have recently launched a Blue Colts team which are capable of a quick response time. Regarding child trafficking, including the sale of children, we are making efforts to see that no such crimes would occur in the future. We are contemplating on booking cases against the child traffickers under the PD Act.
What is the status of the proposal regarding elevating the urban police district into a commissionerate?
The TS government has already taken a call to this effect. It is likely to become a reality in coming three months. Once the commissionerate is formed, senior officials will head various wings of police in the city while DIG rank officer will lead them as the commissioner. Our SP has begun the search for land for setting up the commissionerate since the existing office premises would go to rural police district as per law.
There has been a proposal to install CCTV cameras at the main junctions in city. When will this be implemented?
Yes, we are going to install the CCTV cameras soon at 20 main `junctions for the first phase. The union government has sanctioned `50 lakh for this purpose.
What about the reports of Maoists’ movements in agency areas and how are going to tackle this left-wing extremism?
Tackling left-wing extremism has always been our main priority from the beginning. We shall continue with our combing operations in the forest areas and keep a check on Maoists’ activity. We have noticed some movement of armed squads along the Chhattisgarh borders near Warangal and Khammam. But they would not succeed in their efforts to sneak into Telangana State from the Chhattisgarh due to lack of public support.