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Naxal threat: Police told to keep vigil

Though the police have been instructed to be more people-friendly, there will be no compromise in dealing with criminal activities

Published: 08th October 2013 10:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th October 2013 11:40 AM   |  A+A-

The Government has information that some areas of the state are susceptible to threat from naxals, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said here on Monday. He said that the police has been asked to increase the surveillance in such areas. “So far, the possible threat of Naxal attacks are recorded under the limits of 31 police stations in the state. Surveillance has been strengthened in areas under these police stations,” Thiruvanchoor said. Talking to reporters here, Thiruvanchoor said that the police force in the state will be strengthened further. “Though the police have been instructed to be more people-friendly, there will be no compromise in dealing with criminal activities. At present, there are 248 Janamithri police stations in the state. Enough staff has been allotted for 148 Janamithri Stations. The remaining 100 will be provided with necessary staff soon,” he said. Regarding the release of Melvin Padua from Jail, Thriuvanchoor said that the state had entrusted the Home Secretary to submit a report in this regard. “Though he was granted parole, he informed the authorities concerned that he did not want an escort parole. Hence we have asked the Home Secretary to look into the issue and submit a report,” he said. Melvin Padua was convicted of premeditated murder of a 23-year-old woman in the toilet of the Jayanti Janata Express on December 22, 1994. He has completed nearly 20 years of imprisonment as of now. The Home Minister also said that the Cabinet had given sanction for setting up Police Commissionerates in Thiruvanathapuram and Kochi and the preliminary steps for the same will be taken soon. The Commissionerates will give magestiral power to the police chiefs in these cities, he said.

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