Special wing to check moral policing in Mangaluru: Karnataka home minister G Parameshwara | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: In an attempt to check moral policing incidents being reported in the region, an anti-communal wing will be constituted in the Mangaluru city police commissionerate limits shortly, said home minister G Parameshwara.
Addressing reporters on Tuesday, after a review meeting with top officials of the Western Range comprising Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagaluru police units and Mangaluru city police, the minister said the city police commissioner will work on setting up the wing with suitable officers. “There has been an increase in incidents of moral policing in the region. If it is not checked, it will tarnish the image of the police department, state and the district,” he said.
The anti-communal wing will open in Mangaluru initially and will be extended to other district police units, if needed. Additionally, police officers, including senior officials will visit schools, colleges (including medical), and universities to create awareness among students on the need for communal harmony in society.
Police officials have been asked to conduct a periodical review of cases pertaining to moral policing and take it to the logical end, he said. During his interaction with people from the district, an oft expressed concern was how investments were being affected because of the disruption in communal harmony. “As the chairperson of the Congress Manifesto Committee, I had met heads of 20 to 25 institutions in the region, who raised concerns over communal harmony in the region,” Parameshwara said.
In Udupi, the home minister said that the home department plans to strengthen the force by filling about 15,000 constable vacancies and some sub-inspector vacancies. Vacancies created due to retirement will also be filled, he said. He said that senior officers have been informed not to delay increments and promotions.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sharan Pumpwell welcomed the government’s decision to constitute an anti-communal wing.

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