“Tribals are the lifeline for the left-wing Maoists in the agency areas of the districts, and to curtail the growth of the banned extremist outfit, we need to wean away the tribals from their fold. Our focus will be on the goodwill and development measures for the tribals,” said the new DIG of Visakhapatnam Range, Ch. Srikanth, who took charge on Wednesday.
Interacting with The Hindu , he said, “While the development activity will be taken up on one hand, operations against the Maoists will continue on the other.”
Ch. Srikanth, a 2002 batch IPS officer, worked in the district as OSD (Narsipatnam), SP of Srikakulam, DCP (North) Hyderabad and SP of Anti-Corruption Bureau. Prior to this posting, he served as SP Prakasam district.
The new DIG also said that focus would be given to technology for better policing and increasing transparency and accountability of the force.
I-Clik a success
Quoting the success story of Prakasam, he said, “So far we do not have any I-Clik counters in the districts. I-Clik was a success in Prakasam. In 2015, we received about 815 complaints and of them 140 were converted into FIRs. And in this year, over 1,000 complaints have been received so far and about 180 were converted into FIRs”.
He wants to replicate the same system here also. But first awareness on I-Clik has to be created, machines installed and then the senior staff has to be trained to focus on feedback and action taken report, the DIG said.
He also spoke of implementing the fingerprint identification network system.
“Our patrol parties will be equipped with hand-held mobile sets with scanners. And during the patrolling, they will record the fingerprints of suspects and the prints will be transmitted to the server that has a database of fingerprints of criminals. In the event of matching of the prints, action will be initiated accordingly,” he said.
This had resulted in the nabbing of two dreaded criminals in Prakasam district. Since the fingerprint database was limited to Prakasam district linking it up to the State database was being proposed and later to the CCTNS in the second phase, he said.
Accidents on NH
To curb the increasing number of accidents on the NH, a study would be taken up and based on that action taken.
“But for the time being we are thinking of erecting a few checkposts and do some basic road engineering,” he said.
Source : www.thehindu.com/