The ‘Maarpu’ counseling, a new initiative launched by the police department to bring change in the lives of drugs and alcohol addicts, and rowdy-sheeters has started yielding desired results as the police on Monday removed as many as 44 persons from the history sheet.
There are around 440 persons listed under the history sheet at various police stations in Visakhapatnam. Speaking to Hello Vizag, Police Commissioner Manish Kumar Sinha said the campaign was launched with the aim to make them lead a decent life and added that rowdy-sheet undermines the reputation of an individual in the eyes of the public. The history sheet has a stigma attached to it and could be demotivating for those who want to join the mainstream, the commissioner said.
He said commissionerate level committee was formed on January 25 to review all history sheets. Based on the recommendation of the committee, approval has been given for the deletion of 44 names. ACP CCS S Sravan Kumar and ACP TF Prem Kajal conducted the counseling. The Commissioner said the campaign was the first of its kind in the city. The city police on February 1 launched the ‘Maarpu’ counseling center. Later, the counseling was extended to police personnel.