VISAKHAPATNAM:For the first time in the history of Visakhapatnam city, as many as 450 policemen cordoned off the JNNURM Housing Colony at PM Palem and conducted a search operation for over six hours in the wee hours of Sunday and detained 30 people for not producing their identity.
Led by ADCP (Crimes) S Varada Raju, ACPs D Ravi Babu and Palguna Rao and PM Palem inspector of police S Appala Raju, a battalion of over 450 police personnel including sub-inspectors and constables blocked all the roads, entry points and exits of JNNURM Housing Colony at around 3 am Sunday and started the search operation.
They verified the identity of over 300 families living in the colony, especially youngsters, after receiving information that strangers were settling down in the JNNURM houses and involving in petty crimes like vehicle thefts.
Inspector S Varada Raju said that they conducted door-to-door inspection in around 300 houses for about six hours and even checked the vehicles of the residents. They also detained 30 people for not producing any identity.
Meanwhile, more such cordon and search operations would be conducted across the city in future to nab suspicious people, as part of prevention of property offences, he added.