For the first time in the history of the district, a Janaspandana programme was organised by the Police Department at hobli-level in Varuna village at the Government PU College on T. Narasipur Road here today where the IGP (Southern Range) and SP heard the grievances of about 200 villagers.

The programme was inaugurated by IGP (Southern Range) Dr. K. Ramachandra Rao. SP Abhinav Khare, Additional SP R.B. Mohan Reddy, Dy.SP (Rural) T. Siddappa, Circle Inspector Nemiraj, Sub-Inspector (South Rural) Venkateshaiah, ZP member Siddegowda, TP office-bearers and others were present.

A separate counter was opened at the premises to register complaints.

A resident of Varuna village Shivanna alleged that in the absence of Police patrol, brewing and sale of illicit liquor was on the rise in the area coupled with harassment by money-lenders. He suggested the Police to solve small squabbles through counselling instead of the devious and cumbersome legal route.

Varkod GP member Daddegowda complained that gambling was rampant in the village and many lakes were encroached. He alleged that sand lorries were taking routes through the village to avoid being caught by policing authorities posing danger to children on the roads.

Mahesh, another villager from Varuna, said his village had a population of about 4,000 and hence sought a Sub-Police Station.

When a resident Bheemaraj suggested the Police not to register counter-complaints in a case, the IGP said that it was not feasible as any complaint would be registered but verified later. He suggested the people to register the complaints at the South Rural Police Station instead of going to the city.

Referring to an allegation by a resident regarding cheating by a company, the SP advised the people to be alert and vigilant while investing money and not to be carried away by imaginary lucrative interest rates.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore