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Priority for curbing rowdyism

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The new City Police Commissioner, R. Nataraj (right), with his predecessor, K. Natarajan, on Saturday. — Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

CHENNAI, SEPT. 19. Controlling rowdyism in the city will be one of the top priorities, the Commissioner of Police, R. Nataraj, said yesterday.

He was speaking to newspersons after assuming charge as the new Commissioner. This is his second stint as police chief. (Earlier he served as the Police Commissioner from November 2003 to May this year.)

Mr. Nataraj assured that the Ten Commandments, set up by his predecessor, would be followed scrupulously in all the police stations in the city.

``We will ensure that the complainants are given due respect at the police stations while registering a complaint,'' he said.

Mr. Nataraj said police bandobust had been put in place for the Vinayaka Chathurthi celebrations. ``We have held talks with religious groups for holding the procession in an organised way.''

However he stopped short giving the exact number deployed forces saying, ``it's not number that matters, but how effective we are in policing. We believe in pro-active policing,'' he said.

Unsolved crimes

Emphasis would also be given on detecting unsolved crimes and restoring stolen property to the owners, added Mr. Nataraj.

Asked about the efficiency of the Cyber Cell wing, Mr. Nataraj said the cell was very nascent.

``If we feel there is a need to strengthen it we will do it. We have to learn and improve the cell.''

K. Natarajan, the outgoing chief, in his farewell address thanked the media for the encouragement and support he received during his five-month tenure.

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