New Delhi, February 2: Home Minister Rajth Singh on Monday said “people–friendly but tough” police were needed to tackle crimils and terrorists. Speaking to police officials in Bengaluru after reviewing the law and order situation in Kartaka, Rajth Singh instructed the authorities to take action on reports of discrimition against people from the northeastern states living there, the ministry said in a statement. The home minister also asked the state administration to remain vigilant on illegal migration from Bangladesh. Action against the sale of pre–activated SIM cards in the state was also discussed.
Rajth Singh asked Kartaka Police to fill up all its vacancies – which was nearly 20 percent of its total strength – on a priority basis. He also asked officials to adopt the latest technology and modernise the force. On the Kartaka government’s request to sanction two extra India Reserve Police battalions for the state, the minister said it would be positively examined. Rajth Singh said the central government will consider increasing the number of Marine India Reserve battalions in the state to strengthen coastal security. (IANS)