//City police start listing `felons'

City police start listing `felons'

KOCHI: Shaken by the recent spate of burglaries, the City Police have decided to tie up the loose ends and strengthen the drive against crime. As a first step, the force will be collecting details of potential criminals, defined as `felons’ under the Kerala Felonious Activities (Prevention) Ordinance 2005 — widely known as the Goonda Act.

During the fortnight-long special operation, steps will be taken to prevent and control the felonious activities in the city limits. This extra vigil has started yielding results, say top police officials. "That no major housebreaks were reported from within the city limits is a sign of success. Added to this is an example of proactive policing, which resulted in the haul of weapons from Alappuzha," said K. Padmakumar, Deputy Inspector General, Ernakulam range.

A special team comprising officers from the city and Alappuzha regions was formed to probe into the burglaries. Specific leads have been collected in these cases and the force is confident of cracking them very soon. During the special drive, details of all `felons’ and their associates’ active in respective areas of police stations in the city will be collected. Special team will be formed to detect all grave crime case, which were treated as undetected for the last one year. All accused involved in Narcotic Substances Act cases during the last five years will be located and their present nature of work will be monitored A list of those who have been released recently from prison will be prepared for ready reference. The police will put jails in close surveillance, in liaison with jail authorities, to track the movement of released prisoners, especially those involved in property offences and narcotic offences.

Residential colonies will be visited by special teams to verify whether any outsiders are staying there in an unauthorised manner. Antecedents and present activities of all migrant labourers and other outsiders will be collected and checked. Other potential offenders to be put under observation during the drive include persons involved in illegal overseas recruitment. Also details of collection agents and vehicle re-possessing agents of private banks will be collected. "Attempts will be made to clean up the crime scene in the city at a go. Patrolling and interactions with increased during the special drive," said P. Vijayan, City Police Commissioner.

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