The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sandeep Mittal, on Tuesday presented cash awards and commendation certificates to the police personnel appreciating their timely contribution to detect cases and seizure of banned substance in Ramanathapuram district.
Lakshmi Kanthan, Sub Inspector, Rameswaram town and K. Ulaganathan, Head Constable were rewarded for detecting around 50 kg of ganja, which was smuggled by a car from Tiruchi. Besides seizing this, the policemen also arrested five smugglers including one Sri Lankan national when the police team stopped the car at Thangatchimadam for check a few days ago.
T. Thillai Raja and S. Soosai Manickam, constables attached to the Special Branch, were honoured by the DIG for the seizure of ganja at Valinokkam.
Similarly, N. Sellapandian, constable of Special Branch, was given commendation certificate for detecting the murder case, in which one Sathmeega Seelan of Pirappanvalasai was murdered by a gang a few days ago.
While appreciating their role in solving the cases, Mr. Mittal said they should continue the good work in future too. The rewards were given to motivate them as well as others. He would continue to meet and appreciate the policemen for their good work.
M. Panneerselvam, Superintendent of Police, In-Charge, also appreciated them.
The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) had received 10,821 petitions during 2009 and disposed of 9,592 among them, said its Chairperson Justice A.S. Venkatachalamoorthy here on Tuesday.
Speaking at the inaugural session of a training programme on ‘Protection of human rights and to promote awareness on human rights literacy,’ attended by police officers from the south zone, he presented an outline of the functioning of the commission.
On an average, the SHRC received 12,000 complaints a year. In 2008, out of 12,313 petitions, 10,748 were disposed of. Since its inception, the SHRC had 5,274 petitions pending at various stages. From the moment a petition was received, the SHRC scrutinised, verified and inquired into the nature of the complaints.
One-third of the petitions was out of the commission’s purview, he said. Mr. Venkatachalamoorthy said that even petitions that alleged that a police officer refused to acknowledge a complaint or purposely delayed registration were taken up by the commission.
Similarly, complaints of death in police custody or gang rape were also registered by the SHRC for action.
He said that the SHRC took action not only against the police but also against other departments/professionals as well.
Quoting a few examples of human rights violation by doctors, Education Department, Forest Department, Revenue and Transport Department employees, Mr. Venkatachalamoorthy said that the commission would not interfere in the investigation conducted by the police.
Delivering the key-note address, SHRC member A.R. Selvakumar appealed to the police officers to discharge their duty as per law.
The Fire and Rescue Services Director R. Nataraj said that police department was the only organisation which functioned 24×7.
The police, at all levels, had to protect human rights and execute their duty without violating the law. Be it maintenance of law and order or crime prevention, the functioning of police personnel and officers at the station house level was important. Any lackadaisical approach was bound to invite public wrath. Hence, it was essential to work with utmost conscience and render justice, he underlined.
The DIG of Police (Madurai Range) Sandeep Mittal said that human rights were the basic rights of mankind. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madurai city) P.C. Thenmozhi urged the police personnel to understand the rights of others.
As part of the training programme, SHRC Inspector General of Police N. Chenbaharaman, addressed the participants.
The SHRC secretary D. Uthirakkumaran welcomed the gathering. Madurai SP M. Manohar participated.
The district police on Wednesday cracked the jewellery shop burglary case of Chellampatti by arresting five persons. They recovered over 182 sovereigns of gold jewels and five kg of silver.
Talking to reporters at Chekkanoorani police station near here on Wednesday, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Madurai Range), Sandeep Mittal, said special teams formed to probe the May 5 heist arrested three persons, including brothers, R. Karuppaiah and R. Singam (37) of Othaveedu in the small hours of Wednesday.
Based on their confession, the police arrested two others and recovered valuables worth Rs. 30 lakh. Mr. Mittal appreciated the Madurai Superintendent of Police, M. Manohar, Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime), A. Myilvaganan, and others for solving the burglary case in quick time.
The police recovered five sovereigns of gold chain stolen in Valandur and Rs. 14,000 lifted from a fertilizer shop in Chellampatti from the accused.
The DIG said that Karuppaiah was involved in 15 theft and burglary cases in Madurai and other neighbouring districts. Karuppaiah had got out of the prison just few days back before striking at the jewellery shop.
Mr. Mittal advised the jewellers to go for closed circuit television cameras with intrusion detection system. “These things are now available at a cheaper rate. It would alert the nearest police station, the shop owners and at least two other telephone/ mobile numbers in case of any intrusion into the shop,” he said.
The Superintendent of Police denied that there was any ceiling on fuel for official vehicle for patrolling by policemen and officers to check crime.
Following recent attacks on policemen, the DIG said that sufficient arms were available in all police stations and police personnel in all ranks were asked to take them whenever they wanted them. “We have instructed the Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors to always carry their personal arms and I have personally checked this practice,” he added.
By Our Staff Reporter
By Our Staff Reporter
MADURAI: Sandeep Mittal, a 1995-batch IPS officer, assumed office as the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Madurai Range) here on Friday.
Prior to this posting, Mr. Mittal had served as DIG of Police (Dindigul Range) and in the Narcotics Control Bureau, New Delhi, among others.
After taking charge, he told reporters that the police would take stern action against anti-social elements as per the law. In a bid to prevent road accidents, highway patrolling would be intensified. He also assured to redress public grievances effectively.