Thiruvananthapuram: The Police in the state capital are all set to face any needs that might arise towards the Attukal pongala festival, the largest congregation of women in the world, commencing on February 25, mainly in toggling with the chain snatchers and picketers.
Towards this the Police on Monday launched a special one-week drive to track down the modus operandi of criminals who are specialized in chain snatching and pick-pocketing after creating artificial crowds during temple festivals.
S Ajeetha Begum Deputy Commissioner of police said that the police personnel at all stations in the city will track down such criminals, mostly women.
“If the person is in jail, he or she will be left out. The location of others will be tracked down,” said the DCP.
The drive will have two phases. First is to pull out all files pertaining to arrests on similar theft cases while the other is to track their location and movement.
Apart from that the cops must shadow them and find out about their recent movement. If they have any job, the cops must also find out whether they are regular at work. The cops have been directed to do this without any fail, said Beegum.
“Also, if the target person hails from other state, the help of the superintendent of police of the district from where s/he belongs will be sought to track them down,” she added.
It is a well known fact that every year the city witnesses a huge influx of thieves and pick-pockets, especially women, during Attukal festival. Cops trying hard to put an end to the ongoing trend have already decided to bring the entire Attukal temple premises under the surveillance of 100 cameras this time.