Thiruvananthapuram: Police could effectively check extremist activities and communal clashes by taking steps to ensure social justice to all citizens, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today.
Addressing a general review meeting of the department after opening the new conference hall at the police headquarters here, Chandy said the government would give more thrust to developmental work in coastal, hill areas and other under-developed regions.
He said stringent action would be taken against goonda gangs and those behind atrocities on women and children. Trials in crimes against women would be held in fast track courts and the guilty punished within six months.
The chief minister commended the police in ensuring smooth conduct of festivals at Attukal temple in Thiruvananthapuram and the Thrissur Pooram. The timely action of the police after two fishermen were killed allegedly by marines of the Italian ship on 15 February, had earned praise in diplomatic circles, he said.
Police intervention also helped trace the Singapore-flagged ship which hit a fishing boat off Alappuzha coast on 1 March killing five fishermen, he said.
Chandy said the police should take up more programmes for creating awareness among the people on traffic rules to check accidents.
DGP Jacob Punnoose, who also spoke, said the number of political murders in the state had substantially come down last year. The police could also check crimes against women and children, he said.