Mangalore, Oct 01, 2014: Chairing a peace committee meeting at DK DC’s office in Mangalore on September 30, to discuss overall measures towards maintaining harmonious peace, law and order during the forthcoming season of festivals Vijayadashami, Bakrid, Deepavali, Christmas and so on.
DK District-in-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai directed the police officials not to succumb to political pressures during tense situations and to take stern action against those breaking the laws.
The minister further said that the persons who take law into their hands will immediately detained at any cost and he directed the police officials to carry out their duty impartially, without paying heed to any pressure. If anyone disturbs the police from carrying out their duty, by picketing the police station and protesting, such people should be arrested as well. Cases should be booked against people who provoke communal riots and disharmony.
VHP-Vishwa Hindu Parishat, State President M B Puranik requested the authorities concerned to take steps to not to sacrifice animals during Bakrid at public places. Also, the illegal transportation of cattle should be checked by the department of police, so as to prevent hurting of religious feelings.
Muslim Central Committee (DK and Udupi district) President Muhammed Masood said that as per the religious law, only goat and lamb are supposed to be sacrificed as a part of ‘Khurbani’. Action should be taken against the illegal transporters of cattle, he said.
Balakrishna Rai of Federation of India suggested conducting peace meeting at each police station. Mogaveera Vyavasthapana Mandali President Yathish Baikampadi said there was a need to improve public relations at police stations, towards the effective maintenance of peace. Nagarike Vedike President Hanumantha Kamath suggested conducting peace meeting once in three months at all police stations. He meanwhile added that pressure on police by political party leaders to release the followers of their party, should be strictly curbed.
Also, intelligence network should be more objective in order to effectively prevent untoward incidents, he said and added that it has become an unhealthy trend to transfer police officials after communal riots.
The participants in the meeting also suggested to install CCTV cameras in sensitive areas. There was another opinion that the Prevention of Animal Sacrifice - Act (Amendment), 1963, should be strictly enforced which says that animal sacrifice is prohibited for religious reasons.
Commissioner of Police R Hithendra said that all possible measures will be initiated within the framework of law and order, to maintain peace. The cooperation of public is also needed in this regard, he said and added that illegal activities will not be ignored and the law will take its course. Minister B Ramanath Rai also held a law and order meeting with the Deputy Commissioner and top police officials, prior to the peace meet.
Leaders from education, social and religious fronts were present. DK Zilla Panchayat CEO Thulasi Maddineni, Superintendent of Police Dr D Sharanappa, Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim, MLC Ivan D’Souza were present. a good presence of the public was noticed.