Arrest of criminals a publicity stunt: Opposition

Published: 26th August 2013 08:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th August 2013 08:54 AM   |  A+A-

Charging that the N Rangasamy government had failed miserably to maintain law and order, AIADMK Puducherry unit secretary A Anbazhagan, MLA, urged the Central government to intervene and  keep the assembly in suspended animation in view of the breakdown of the law and order system.

Addressing reporters here on Sunday, Anbazhagan said people are living in fear because of the sudden spurt in crime rate including murder, extortion threat, burglary and chain-snatching in the recent days.

He charged that the government and police department, which should have acted firmly against criminals, failed to give security to the common man and the business community alike. The administration is not taking any steps to break the police-criminals nexus, he said, and added that such police officials, who are hand in glove with criminals, were being bestowed with awards and no action is being taken against them.

Anbazhagan furhter alleged that jails have become “workshops” for producing criminals and the inmates had been threatening businessmen and seeking mamool. He said the police were concentrating on protecting some 200 criminals now lodged in jails instead of giving security to the common man.

He said people cannot buy or sell property as the information was passed on to the criminals, who threaten the parties involved for extracting money.

The AIADMK leader said the recent attack on the bakery owner is “only the tip of the iceberg” and public has lost faith in the police. He claimed that the police was using the arrest of criminals involved in a few case like the bakery owner assault case for publicity.

Anbazhgan suggested that the Ministry of Home Affairs intervene and set right the law and order situation. He suggested that the Puducherry police may be merged with Tamil Nadu police for maintaining law and order.

The AIADMK leader said his party had requested Chief Minister N Rangasamy to convene the meeting of senior police officials at least once in a month, but the Chief Minister was reluctant to do so.

Anbazhagan pointed out that the Lieutenant Governor, despite having undergone a heart surgery very recently, invited the police officials and enquired about the law and order issues. He revealed that the AIADMK would submit a memorandum to the LG and apprise him about law and order situation after he returned from the hospital. The AIADMK leader asked his party “to extend support to the total shutdown of shops called by the traders to protest increasing rowdy menace.”


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