Mangalore, Oct 14, 2014: Speaking at the SC/ST grievances meeting in Mangalore. Dakshina Kannada district Superintendent of Police Sharanappa stated that the district police would reintroduce the concept of electronic beats (e-beats) which will ensure that police personnel adhere to the rounds allotted to them. The system will come into force within a month.
The reintroduction of the system will solve existing anomalies. He added that at present, the police keep record books at 10 places in the jurisdiction of a police station. There are possibilities that policemen sign in the books without doing their rounds. Under the e-beat system, constables will be given Radio Frequency Identity Cards (RFID) tags that can be swiped in readers placed at important locations. The time of entry can not be manipulated, he said. The SP explained that each station will have more than 100 tags, 10 readers and one charger.
Dalit leader S P Anand demanded the police to file FIR and arrest the editor of a weekly for publishing the word ‘Harijana’ in its Belthangady edition. Dalit youth Rahuveer Soteerpet expressed concern over ‘Ajalu’ practice being followed in Koraga community. A case related to the practice has been registered at Urwa police station. There is a need to create awareness among Koraga community members on Karnataka Koragas (Prohibition of Ajalu Practice) Act.
Dalit leader Anand alleged that a few members of the community are trying to close the Dalit atrocity cases through compromise by offering money to the victims. However, the police said that there was no provision for compromise after filing a case. Senior Dalit leader Gopal Kaadumutt submitted a memorandum to the SP demanding solution to various problems faced by the SC/ST community members, including improving facilities in the hostels run by the social welfare department.
Frauds : The SP also expressed concern over the increasing employment frauds through e-mail and social media. An accused has been arrested in Sullia, for cheating a girl in the name of supplying a card designing machine. Similar case has been reported in Belthangady. However victims are not coming forward to file reports.