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Police conduct camp for spot redressal of grevancies

hindu logo Saturday, June 12, 1999

TUTICORIN , JUNE 11. The Tuticorin (Rural) police have organised a camp in the ‘communally sensitive ‘ Vallanadu area on Sunday with a view to reinforcing faith and confidence in the common man with regard to the system of criminal justice administration through ‘ on the redressal of grievances.’

The Joint Superintendent of Police (JSP) Mr. Sandeep Mittal , said the response to the move was over- whelming as over 3000 people , most of whom villagers from Agaram, Kaliyavur , Manakarai, Pakkapatti, Vallanadu and Morappanad , participated in the camp and interacted with the police personal freely without fear or inhibition. The SHO , SI and all the police station staff were present there.

Police hearing the grievances of villagers at a camp organised at vallanadu by Tuticorin rural police
Police hearing the grievances of villagers at a camp organised at vallanadu by Tuticorin rural police

A significant feature of the camp was that not only people belonging to different social strata and various communities took part in it but there was absolute harmony and cohesion among the participants , he said ,adding that a large number of women also aired their grievances .Several villagers submitted petitions to the JSP seeking police intervention to solve some local issues and disputes . Even while presenting petitions against ‘erring ‘ policemen , the villagers had not failed to appreciate the role played by the efficient and sincere police personal in their areas.

While on-the-spot decisions were taken vis-a-vis criminal cases and instructions had been given to book cases under appropriate sections of the IPC and other relevant laws, the police had decided to forward other petitions connected to civil problems pertaining to water supply , land disputes etc. , to the district administration , Mr. Mittal said.

Soon after the interaction with the people, propaganda cassettes recently issued by the Superintendent of Police, Mr. Rajesh Das, to create awareness among the people on how to act during emergencies with particular reference to handling of suspicious objects, were played at the camp, he said. A kabaddi match between the police and public was also organised as part of the camp. Youths from Manakarai, Agaram and Vallanadu participated in the match with tremendous enthusiasm.

Mr. Mittal expressed the view that if genuine grievance of the people in the rural areas were not redressed properly, they might try to settle the scores themselves. ‘This kind of camps are useful in strengthening the grievances redressal machinery at the police station level. ”

The Tuticorin (Rural) police had plans to organise such camps every month. ‘We have made a humble but good beginning now; yet there is a long way to go “, he opined.

Shri Sandeep Mittal, an IPS Officer of 1995 Batch, completed B. Sc. (Honours) Geology with University Gold Medal and M.Sc. Applied Geology with University Gold Medal, both from University of Delhi. He earned Degree of Master’s in Police Management from Osmania University, Diploma in Cyber Security and Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics from Gujarat Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar . He is a Postgraduate in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance from Cranfield University, UK. He conducted a number of experiments in people friendly policing to bridge the divide between police and public. He headed the Security of Asia Pacific’s largest prison i.e. Tihar Prisons, New Delhi. While serving in Narcotics Control Bureau under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as Zonal Director he was instrumental in liquidating a number of National and International drug syndicates and developed his skills in cyber crime investigation. He is a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow, UK; a Commonwealth Scholar in Internet Law & Policy a t University of Strathclyde, UK; an Associate of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi and a Life Member of United Services Institution of India, New Delhi; Indian Society of Criminology, India and Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He is member, Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics, a peer reviewed journal. He has published research papers in reputed peer reviewed Journals.

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