Saturday, July 12, 2008

Crime Stoppers Launched in Karnataka

UNO program: Crime Stoppers India launched in Karnataka

Acharya launches Crime Stoppers
It is an initiative to ensure a crime-free society
BANGALORE: A new private-public partnership initiative to ensure a crime-free society has taken off in the State with Home Minister V.S. Acharya on Friday launching the Karnataka chapter of Crime Stoppers, a United Nations-supported international movement.The former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachalaiah, chief patron of the Karnataka chapter of Crime Stoppers; Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde, the former Chief Justice of Kerala and Karnataka High Courts V.S. Malimath, the former Chief Secretary A. Ravindra and Director-General and Inspector-General of Police R. Srikumar participated in the function at the State Police headquarters.The main objective of the Crime Stoppers Foundation is to create awareness among the people on the need to provide timely information to the foundation, which passes on the information to the law enforcing agencies for action.Dr. Acharya said Crime Stoppers had done a great job in preventing and solving crimes in various countries. People would provide credible information only if they were confident about the credibility of the institution.

Free press, independent judiciary and clean and efficient administration were the three main requisites for the success of a democracy. "I am sorry to say that the press is playing the role of judiciary through trial by media. The judiciary has become more pro-active and is doing someone else's job. Less said the better about the administration," Dr. Acharya said.

Mr. Hegde said the Lokayukta had been able to trap many corrupt officials mainly because of the information provided by the people. People were providing information in a big way as they had faith in the Lokayukta institution, he said. The website of the police with links to Crime Stoppers was launched. Mr. Srikumar said the process of registering first information reports on online would start shortly. While Dr. Ravindra is the president of the State chapter of Crime Stoppers, former Director-General of Police Krishnamurthy is its secretary. Crime Stoppers, which has its office in Indiranagar in Bangalore, can be contacted on Ph.: 2520999, 9449030933 or e-mail:
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