*Astrological Sign: Pisces
*Zodiac Year: Sheep
*Industry: Law Enforcement / Security
*Occupation: Superintendent of Police
*Location: Mangalore : Karnataka :
MANGALORE: Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police B Dayananda has proved that that he is without peer, when it comes to building images.
Six months ago B Dayananda, who assumed charge from Soumendu Mukherjee, set about achieving the twin goals of policing, winning public trust and building image of the police through technology and his trademark witticism.
Unconventional though, the encouraging responses have prompted the Superintendent of Police to sustain existing initiatives with new citizen-friendly initiatives. Dayananda, who hails from Bannikal village in Bellary district, completed his graduation from Osmania University in Hyderabad.
After undergoing his district training in BSF on the Kashmir frontier, Dayananda took up his first assignment as assistant superintendent of police in Puttur sub-division in 1997. He also had served in the United Nations Peace-Keeping Mission in Kosovo from 2003 to November 2004.
Prior to assuming charge in Dakshina Kannada, he was superintendent of police in Chitradurga district.
Dayananda is a recipient of Karnataka Chief Minister’s Gold Medal (1998) and United Nations Medal for peace-keeping. In an interview to this newindpress website’s newspaper, senior reporter Harsha, he explains investigations unlike in the past are complex today.
www.spdk.blogspot.com, which completes two months on February 8 has been hailed as a novel and first such initiative in the country.
The weblog is popular for its personal touch. Within two months of launch we have completed exactly 100 postings and received 511 ‘profile views’ (netizens viewing details of blog owner), which is the highest visits no weblog owner can boast of.
Many software engineers impressed with the weblog are in touch with me. The impersonal, transparency of information available at the click of a mouse has endeared the weblog to many netizens.
The weblog, which prevents journalists from getting news from the streets, has also helped in projection of police perception. More importantly, the weblog has reached out to a large section of an enlightened society, which either remained uninvolved or had a sense of hostility to police.
The arrest of the con couple from Bangalore, mobile thieves from Jharkhand, inter-State burglars and attention diverting gang from Tamil Nadu have given rise to apprehensions of an increased influx of hardcore anti-social elements into Mangalore.
The influx had existed in the past too and the DK police have been successful in busting rackets in their nascent stages. Thanks to advancements in transportation and communication, the trends of crimes have changed and criminals have become highly mobile.
The mobile thieves from Suibgung in Jharkhand operate throughout the country. Before they were caught they had burgled mobile showrooms in Mumbai, Hubli, Mysore, Bangalore and even in Tirupati.
It is because of this problem that investigations have become complex. We too have been highly mobile and on a single day four teams were in four different states on four different assignments.
~ Is the proposal for an exclusive anti-rowdy squad in DK district, a follow-up of previous superintendent of police Kamal Pant’s report submitted in 1999?
The members of the present squad are drawn from different police stations on OOD basis. This arrangement, which has no sanctity, has depleted the strength in other police stations.
A proposal for an exclusive 12-member squad was submitted by then superintendent of police Kamal Pant. The government had released an order in 2004. Based on this order I have submitted a proposal requesting separate budget allocation, vehicles, equipment, among others.
~ The escape of an undertrial Imran in Mulky while being escorted from Udupi to Mangalore has again exposed chinks in the security cover provided to undertrials?
I agree and even the lives of escorting policemen are in danger as was revealed in the Vamanjoor Rohi incident.
Handcuffing of an undertrial in public requires prior permission from courts and undertrials can be held only by hands.
~ What is the next priority of the Task Force, which you are heading?
After initiating a drive against the use of domestic cylinders in vehicles, we intend to create awareness on pollution related issues like noise pollution and vehicular pollution.
We have planned many activities in association with social pressure groups, oil companies and the Pollution Control Board.
~ What is the next step of the police’s first campaign to prevent youth from being attracted to crime?
The city police, in association with Roshini Nilaya School of Social Work, will organize a workshop on February 18.
We have conceptualised this forum to provide an opportunity for youths to submit their views before we go ahead with our initiatives to prevent youth from becoming a criminal.
One hundred and fifty selected students from different colleges in the region will participate in this forum and discuss remedies to stop youths entering into crime.
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