Warning the police
After some of its members were arrested in connection with recent political killings,the CPM has been flexing its muscle against police. Police have registered cases against leader Elamaram Kareem for threatening officers and obstructing them from taking the arrested to party offices as part of the probe. On Tuesday,state committee member M V Jayarajan announced in Kannur that party workers would be forced to face the police with kitchen knives and feed them faeces. Jayarajan had once been punished for contempt of court after he used a derogatory term to describe a judge. The Congress has said CPM leaders are behaving like Maoists,challenging the rule of law.
Not for the first time,the government has asked employees to restrict the use of mobile phones at office. Faced with complaints from the public about employees being engrossed in conversation on their mobiles,the government had issued a directive in February last year,too,but it apparently did not work. The fresh circular was rushed to all offices this week. The government instructs all employees to restrict private calls on mobile phones during office hours,except in unavoidable circumstances, it reads. There is,however,no penal action for not abiding by the instruction and,Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said,there is no ban on mobile phones in the office either.
Filing FIRs made easier
To make policing more people-friendly,the government will introduce a scheme to allow the elderly,women and the physically challenged to register a complaint without going to the police station. All they need to do is call and it will be policemen who will go to their homes and register the complaint. The receipt the police will hand over will mention the time of the telephone call as that for registering the complaint. There is also an extra provision for any illiterate complainant: the police have to read out the complaint they have written down. The scheme is targeted at the large number of elderly people living alone in their homes,their relatives having moved out of the state.