Mangaluru: Karnataka Home Minister Dr. G Parameshwara has announced the government's plan to establish an "anti-communal wing" within the jurisdiction of the Mangaluru Commissionerate to curb immoral policing activities. 

Speaking at a press conference held at the City Police Commissioner's office, Parameshwara stated that the wing would be set up in Mangaluru on a trial basis, with the officers appointed by the Commissioner. If successful, the government intends to expand the wing to other taluks in Dakshina Kannada district and eventually throughout the state.

Emphasizing the government's commitment to promoting peace and harmony in society, Parameshwara expressed disappointment at the increasing number of cases involving immoral policing in the coastal belt. He noted that these districts are home to educated and knowledgeable individuals, making the situation all the more unfortunate.

In a gesture of support to the affected families, the Home Minister announced that the government would provide relief to the family members of Fazil, Masood, and Jalil, who were allegedly murdered by right-wing activists in the region in 2022. The families and local organizations had appealed for compensation from the government on behalf of the victims' relatives.

Turning to the issue of drug trafficking, Parameshwara informed the gathering that the concerned officers have been given a deadline of August 15 to tackle this social menace effectively.

The press conference was attended by ADGP Alok Kumar, DIG (West) Dr. Chandragupta, and Mangaluru City Police Commissioner Kuldeep Kumar R Jain, among others.

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Rajkot (PTI): Main markets in Gujarat's Rajkot city wore a deserted look and various other establishments remained closed on Tuesday as a bandh was observed to mark one month of the fire tragedy at a game zone which claimed 27 lives.

Schools, colleges, tuition centres, gold and jewellery markets and other commercial establishments also remained shut to support the 'Rajkot bandh' called by the opposition Congress.

Several commercial associations supported the Congress' bandh call by announcing closure of their businesses for the day.

Police personnel were deployed at different places in the city and patrolling was intensified as part of the security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident.

Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani, state party president Shaktisinh Gohil and other local leaders came out in different areas of Rajkot to thank businessmen for their support in making the bandh "successful".

The Congress gave the call for a half-day bandh on Tuesday, to remember those who lost their lives in the fire tragedy at the TRP game zone in Rajkot on May 25 and to demand a higher compensation to the kin of the deceased.

It has also demanded justice to the families of the deceased and a fair probe into the incident by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the state government.

Family members of the victims had also appealed for the bandh. Relatives of some of the fire tragedy victims interacted with Congress MP Rahul Gandhi through video conference on June 22.

Twenty seven persons, including children, were charred to death in the massive fire which gutted the game zone on May 25.

Following the incident, the state government formed the SIT under Additional Director General of Police Subhash Trivedi to find out the causes of fire, loopholes in the system and to suggest steps to be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

As many as 15 persons have been arrested so far in connection with the fire tragedy, including five owners of the game zone and some senior officials from the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC).

A police investigation indicated the game zone was running without a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the RMC's fire department.

On June 15, Congress workers organised a protest gathering outside the city police commissioner's office.