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Purno for more police, helpline

Shillong, July 6: Tura Lok Sabha MP Purno Agitok Sangma has suggested that visibility of police personnel should be conspicuous in important locations in Meghalaya’s Garo hills region following an increase in abduction cases.

Sangma yesterday met with officials of the West Garo Hills district to review the overall situation of Tura town and adjoining areas.

In view of the recent increase of kidnappings, abductions, receipt of demand notes and others, which have been taking place in the district, Sangma said people were experiencing a fear psychosis.

Therefore, he suggested that a dedicated hotline in the form of a landline phone or mobile number(s) be used to bring assistance to victims of such activities.

The MP also suggested that police patrolling and visibility of security personnel in all the important market places, trading centres like weekly markets in major villages should take place.

In the recent past, kidnappings reportedly took place from market areas and town areas like Dadenggre, Chibinang and Dalu.

Further, the former Lok Sabha Speaker suggested the installation of CCTVs in main locations of the city and particularly in the Tura main market.

Sangma instructed the West Garo Hills deputy commissioner to submit to him an action taken report based on the suggestions within 15 days.

Besides, issues relating to development programmes were also discussed at the meeting.