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THE HINDU Vendors Meet Held at Salem

The public should be well aware of their rights to self defence to safeguard their lives and properties when they are threatened by criminals and must also play a constructive role in getting the law breakers convicted, the Salem City Police Commissioner cum IG of Police Sunil Kumar Singh has said.

Distributing identity cards to the vendors of The Hindu group of publications for Salem city at ‘Vendors’ Meet,’ here on Saturday, the Commissioner said that the public should come forward to assist the police in crime detection and conviction. “It is your social responsibility as a citizen,” he said and added that they should grow bolder to oppose anti-nationals and anti-socials and should never remain passive spectators.

Asking them to have faith in the police, Mr. Singh said that prevention and conviction alone could bring down the crime rate. He said sustained policing had brought down the crime rate in the city. The house breakings were significantly less during last year and violent crimes were far and few between.

“Better conviction ratio alone will contain the crimes and proper evidence and eye-witnesses against criminals could stop further crimes for which people’s support is essential,” he said.

Saying that the role of police is to enforce law, the Commissioner said that being a law-abiding citizen was the inherent responsibility of every citizen.

“If we insist on wearing helmets, it is for your safety only. “But almost all of you never wear helmets or wear them whenever you see a policeman,” he said and pointed out that many fatal accidents among motor-bike riders took place since they did not wear helmets. “Despite our stringent enforcement and awareness programmes, the citizens have preferred not to wear them. Helmets are insurance to your lives,” he said. Lauding the efforts of The Hindu for issuing ID cards to its vendors, he said that these cards could not be misused and at the same time would also help prevent some embarrassing moments when they go for distribution.

“Through these cards, your ID has been established. You can do your work with no hassle,” he said. The Hindu he said would take care of the vendors and their health too.

R. Srinivasan, Regional General Manager, The Hindu, Tiruchi, in his address, detailed various welfare programmes, which The Hindu management had been carrying out for its employees and now for vendors. A master health care check up also would be organised this month for them. R. Premanand, Regional Manager (Circulation), The Hindu, Salem took part in the programme.



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