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Delhi police bid to solve NRIs' problems through radio

The programme on Canadian radio offered specific tips to NRIs visiting India on how to deal with touts.

india Updated: Oct 20, 2005 11:35 IST

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) who need help in solving a problem back home that falls under the police department's purview need only tune into radio.

Delhi Police organised a live discussion programme on Monday on the Canadian radio network, which got a good response and is being made a regular, fortnightly feature.

The 30-minute programme also offered specific tips to NRIs visiting India on how to deal with touts at airports and elsewhere.

"There are a large number of Indians who have settled abroad and this initiative is meant to help solve their problems," Tajendra Luthra, Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) said on Wednesday.

He added that the police would like to get in touch with the Indians in the Gulf countries, the US and Britain.

The first-of-its-kind programme comes in the wake of growing number of cases of NRIs being duped during their India visits.

"In cases of law and order problems, appropriate action would be taken against the guilty," Delhi Police Commissioner KK Paul said.

He also said that NRIs would be invited to make suggestions about how to solve their problems.

The police chief said that the first contact with the fellow countrymen on phone was a favourable experience and he was looking forward to more such conversations.

Paul said that participants were mostly Punjabis and the police hopes to advise them on correct course of action to be taken to solve their problems.

Officials conceded that it was a new concept and there were teething troubles. Many called in to complain about matters that did not fall in the police department's purview.

"Many complained that their property was being targeted by crooks as they were not in India to take care of their property," said Paul.

He said that since the police do not deal with cases of civil nature, therefore, they were unable to help solve their disputes.

Police, however, would be ready to help in cases of property disputes, as well as other problems, in the department's purview.

First Published: Oct 20, 2005 00:00 IST