BANGALORE: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday launched 57 new Bolero SUVs that will be used by city police to patrol the city.
The State government had provided the commissionerate `5 crore for the vehicles, following a request by the police ahead of extending the nightlife deadline in the city. With the new vehicles, the number of patrol vehicles has risen to 180 but the city still trails Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai, given its population.
“Delhi has about 700 vehicles, Mumbai 500 and Hyderabad 350 patrol vehicles. Bangalore needs more, but this is a good beginning. We will continue increasing the number, in phases, to be in proportion with the city’s population,” said Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar.
The new vehicles have been distributed among police stations in Mahadevapura, JP Nagar and Jnana Bharathi. “These large localities have only one vehicle to patrol the entire area,” Auradkar said.
Minister George Promises Action in COMED-K Scam
Home Minister K J George said the CID and the CCB are investigating the COMED-K impersonation scam which came to light after 28 students were picked up by the CISF from Kempegowda International Airport about two weeks ago. “The police have been given a free hand in the investigations. If we find that managements are also involved in these scams, action will be initiated against them,” he said.
Review Petition on Language Policy
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said he will write to Chief Ministers across the country to mobilise support for the language policy that was quashed by the Supreme Court recently. “We will be submitting a review petition soon,” he said.