Salem: More than 380 complaints of land
grabbing during the previous DMK regime have been received so
far in eight western districts of Tamil Nadu, a top police
official said Tuesday.
"Till date, we have received 387 petitions and cases had
been registered in respect of 13 of them. Other complaints are
being scrutinised," Inspector General of Police (Western
Range) K Vanniaperumal told reporters at nearby Vaikundam.
When asked whether any complaint had been lodged against
any former minister or MLA, he said most of the petitions were
against politicians but declined to elaborate saying police
were still scrutinising them.
Under directions from police headquarters after the AIADMK
came to power, special cells have been set up in all districts
to exclusive investigate complaints of land grabbing and a few
DMK local level functionaries had been arrested in some cities
in the past fortnight.
Vanniaperumal also said there were 1,500 vacancies in the
police department in the western range, comprising districts
of Salem, Coimbatore, Udhagamandalam, Erode, Krishnagiri,
Namakkal, Dhamapuri and Tirupur.
Speaking after inaugurating the village vigilance
committee comprising local civilians, he said in each village
a 20-member `friends of police` committee would be set up to
help police in regulating traffic and night patrolling.
In all 8,000 friends of police would be selected in the
range and trained, he added.
He appreciated the Krishnagiri Hill Area Vigilance
Committee for persuading tribal men to surrender 125
unlicenced weapons. The district has been adjudged the best
among the eight districts in the functioning of the