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Bidari begins public interaction

Staff Reporter

Police Commissioner will hear grievances three times a week


Assistant Commissioners to look into allegations of inactionAction on each of the grievances will be monitored


— Photo: G.P. Sampath KumaR

Patient hearing: Commissioner of Police Shankar Bidari at a grievance meeting in Bangalore on Monday.

BANGALORE: The old man had come all the way from Hegde Nagar. Breaking down often, he narrated the harassment faced by his daughter at the hands of his son-in-law. “My daughter has been abandoned by her husband. It is hard for me to take care of her in the evening of my life. I don’t have the power to defend my daughter when he attacks her,” wept Amir Baba (70).

Mr. Baba was explaining his condition before Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari during the grievance meeting held in the Commissionerate on Monday.

No action had been taken against his son-in-law despite filing complaints before Commercial Street and the jurisdictional Sampegehalli Police Stations. Mr. Bidari registered his grievance and directed the jurisdictional Assistant Commissioner of Police to submit a report by July 29.

Another complainant was S. Lakshmi, who said her step-children were harassing her so as to press her to withdraw a partition suit. “I am a widow. I am only asking for house and some monthly maintenance amount. They are threatening my relatives and me saying they have the money to bribe the police,” she said.

Mr. Baba and Ms. Lakshmi were among the 27 persons who aired in the first of the series of meetings that Mr. Bidari will have with people. The Police Commissioner will hear to people grievance three times a week between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Apart from Monday, Mr. Bidari will hold the meeting on Wednesday and Friday. “I will do this for three months and then decide on conducting the same programme in the seven police divisions,” Mr. Bidari said.

The first complaint on Monday was the one filed by C.S. Vasu, a resident of Kumara Park West. Mr. Vasu, who is physically disabled, complained that his brother was not allowing him to sell his share of ancestral property. “I want money desperately and my brother is stalling the process of sale. He is influencing local police from taking action on my complaint,” he said.

Cheating

Another physically disabled person K. Alwar of Vijayanagar complained that a person has cheated him of a site and had gone away with Rs. 95,000 of his pension amount. “I met the earlier Police Commissioner, but there was not action. I hope to get justice this time.” Parvathamma, a resident of Hennur, complained that a person by name Rajashekar has absconded with her three insurance policies, which she had pledged to get loan.

R. Udaykumar, a resident of Arakere, said he and his wife were assaulted when they went to ask a person to return the loan amount.

Hearing the grievance for over two hours, Mr. Bidari said directions have been issued to the police stations concerned to register complaints and intimate action by July 29. He said the Assistant Commissioners of Police will look into allegations of inaction by policemen. A separate register was being maintained and action on each of the grievance will be monitored.

Mr. Bidari said the grievance meet was the medium for people to air their problems and the inaction of police.

“I will be continuing to get complaints till the police stations do not address the problem. I will be happy the day when I do not receive any complaint,” he said.

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