TN police can handle any situation at Hogenakkal: DGP

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Chennai, Mar 31 (UNI) Mr K P Jain, who assumed office as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of Tamil Nadu, today said the state Police was capable of handling any situation at Hogenakkal, following Karnataka's objections to implement the Combined Drinking Water Scheme.

''I don't foresee a law and order problem (in the wake of BJP in Karnataka politicising the issue and a Kannada outfit's threat to prevent Tamil Nadu buses from entering Karnataka),'' Mr Jain said while talking to reporters after taking over from Mr P Rajendran, who retired today.

''If it occurs, we will handle it,'' he added.

He also dismissed reports of LTTE activities in Tamil Nadu and said ''I cannot comment on it now as I assumed charge just now.'' Mr Jain, however, put his foot down on tackling the law and order problem in the state and said it would be one of the tasks of the police.

''We will identify the people indulging in anti-social acts like extortion and goondaism, prepare a district-wise list, monitor their movements and deal with them sternly,'' he added.

He also parried a question on revival of naxal activity in the state in the wake of arms theft at a police station and detonator explosion in a railway track near Oothangarai, once a hot-bed for naxal activity, and said ''we are well prepared to cope with the problem.'' He said the Police Department had taken a serious note of the recent theft of arms from Adhiyamankottai police station.

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