Interview with Alok Mohan

3:01 PM, Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Interview with Alok Mohan, New IGP  for Western Range

Mangalore: In view of Gopal B. Hosur’s transfer as ACP, Bangalore, Alok Mohan, IPS, has taken as on, Friday, August 27, 2010 as IGP (Western Range) of five districts of DK, Udupi, Kanara, Kodagu and Shimoga with head quarters in Mangalore at Pandeshwar. He is postgraduate in Science with honours from Roorkee and has done M. Phil under JNU, New Delhi. He was in the 1987 IPS batch at the age of 22 (born in April 1965) and has 23 years of public service experience to his credit.
In Karnataka, he has worked as ASP and DSP in many districts. He held several higher posts in Police at the national and international levels in Bosnia and Britain. He won DGP’s commendation Discs, UN peace Medal and President of India’s Police Medal. He has 3 published papers on security, law enforcement and terrorism.
Alok Mohan is not new to coastal Karnataka, having worked in Puttur, North Kanara and Udupi. He belongs to Patna, Bihar and was in KPTCL, Bangalore.         In a special interview given to Mega Media on receiving the IGP baton from A. Subrahmanyeshwara Rao (going to Hassan as SP now), as Gopal 8 Hosur has left for Bangalore, Alok Mohan appeared happy to return to Mangalore and the Western Range on Friday, at his office.
Q: Now that you are in Mangalore, how do you feel?
AM: I have heard that Mangalore has returned to a peaceful climate in the last 18 months, when my predecessor was here as IGP. Indeed the five districts are carrying on without any damage to public law and order. Hosur has done excellent work to establish communal harmony and development of police services, to smoothen my role.
Q: How will you handle your wide ranging duties?
AM: Of course I need as much public co-operation as Hosur secured. Complete control will be established in law and order matters. Well, we have to establish a kindred relationship with the information media and the common people at large, without fear or favour.
Q: Anything to say on Naxal menace in the Western Range?
AM: I will gather full information in a few days hence on the matter, and see what I can do to reduce Naxalite activities on the coast, and in forests of Malnad.
Q: How do you propose to deal with criminals and underground activities of gangs?
AM: They will be dealt with ruthlessly as long as they are anti-social and anti-national. The other offences against society, economic or criminal, also will be handled as per law enforcement. Certain criminals outside our control may have to be brought round for enquiry with some difficulty as they are outside our range, or escape our jurisdiction by hook or crook. All the same, we will strictly handle them to establish peace and to enforce law and order.
Q: Thank you, Sir.
AM: See you again.

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