Mangaluru: New Mangaluru Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar, on Tuesday, held his maiden press meet, where he took a stern stand against unlawfulness in the city. "We will take strict action against all those who are involved in unlawful activities such as drugs dealing, consumption of alcohol in public areas and beaches, loitering after dark etc.," he said.
Speaking to the media, the compol said that Mangaluru city has traffic issues similar to those of Bengaluru city and assured that the same will be given the utmost priority, along with the coordination of police stations to make them more people-friendly.
"We are all aware of the rise in drug activities in the city and that there is a large number of youth getting addicted to narcotics and ganja. We will make sure to eradicate the drug menace as soon as possible, but we require the public's support for this," he said.
Speaking about loitering, Commissioner Shashi Kumar said that the police will crack down only on those who are wandering around after dark and creating a nuisance and will not trouble those out on walks or jogs. "We intend to prevent loiterers from creating a nuisance and indulging in illegal activities and consuming alcohol in public," he said, adding that a few days ago, 140 drug dealers were rounded up and paraded and were made to understand the consequences for continuing to break the law.
"The police will not stay idle when people are found consuming alcohol or ganja and creating nuisance under the influence on beaches or in public places such as the Nehru Maidan and the nearby areas. We will take stern action against those who assault police personnel as we have already had two such incidents recently," he said.
The compol added that 'Operation Suraksha' will not be stopped just because they have received a few negative comments about the same as it was implemented with good intention.
The compol also informed that he has met MCC Commissioner Akshy Sridhar to discuss the illegal parking issue and will come up with a solution for the same as soon as possible.
A health check-up for the media was conducted on the occasion under the supervision of Dr Ashok Hegde, Prof. and HOD of General Surgery and Dean of A.J Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, along with Dr Praveen, Dr Varsha S, Dr Roopa S L, Dr Chaithra and Dr Jean Paul.
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