March 8, 2018

Top cop holds media responsible for tarnishing image of peace-loving Mangaluru news network

Mangaluru: Police Commissioner T R Suresh has reiterated that constant negative portrayal by mass media and social media has tarnished the image of the coastal city of Mangaluru in spite of the fact that people of this city are peace-loving and friendly.

Speaking at an interactive session organised by Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) here on Wednesday (March 7), the top cop said that though crimes in Mangaluru are no different from those in other parts of the State or country, the city is getting a negative image because of their unnecessary glorification.

Stating that Mangaluru is not communally sensitive city as it is being projected, he said: “I have worked in communally sensitive regions in the State. Having worked here for nine months, I do not see any reason to call Mangaluru communally sensitive,” he said.

Mr. Suresh said that like any other city, there are clashes among communities in Mangaluru too. “But the incidents here get highlighted, while far serious ones reported in other parts are largely ignored. The same is the case with regard to incidents of moral policing,” he said.

Citing an instance, Mr. Suresh said while cases of assault were registered under Sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code in other parts of the State, the same were registered under Section 307 (attempt to murder) in Mangaluru. “Complaints are given in a way that they attract Section 307 of the IPC. If we do not register under Section 307, allegations are made that we are suppressing the case,” he said.

While 83 cases under Section 307 were registered in 2016, 69 were registered in 2017. In all, 5,420 cases, including 24 murders, were registered in 2016, and 5,824 cases, including 16 murders, were registered last year. “If we compare these numbers with other districts, they are not huge,” Mr. Suresh said.

KCCI president Vathika Pai submitted a memorandum to the Police Commissioner on the occasion, requesting him to solve traffic related issues in the city.

Top cop holds media responsible for tarnishing image of peace-loving Mangaluru


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