Policing in Lakshadweep
12 June, 2013 Kochi
Lakshadweep being the smallest in the country, the Police force is very small. The crime rate is also the lowest in the country. Matters coming under District Administration, Lakshadweep, such as revenue, land settlement, law and order are under the purview of the Collector cum Development Commissioner who is also the District Magistrate.
The District Magistrate is assisted by one Additional District Magistrate and Ten Executive Magistrates with respect to enforcement of law and order. Lakshadweep Police is under the command and control of Administrator in his capacity as Inspector General of Lakshadweep Police. The Lakshadweep Police has sanctioned strength of 349 personnel for’ 9 Police Stations, 2 Police Out Posts and 1 Police Aid Post.
Superintendent of Police is the head of the force. For maintenance of law and order in addition to Police force, Union Government have raised a company of India Reserve Battalion exclusively for Lakshadweep, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. 355 personnel of IRB are stationed in various islands of Lakshadweep. Lakshadweep Marine Police and Lakshadweep Home Guards have also been raised in the recent years to further strengthen the law and order machinery. Naval Detachment & Coast Guard Units are set up in Kavaratti. A Naval Detachment is functioning in Minicoy island also.
History of Policing in Lakshadweep Policing in Lakshadweep (the then Laccadive) began with effect from 22.11.58 by the establishment of the first Police station at Minicoy. The station was manned by a strength of one Sub Inspector, 2 Head constable and 5 constables consisting of 3 deputations from Kerala state. The second Police station came into being at Androth during the same year. Police stations in other inhabited islands were established in 1960’s
The outpost at Bitra under Chetlath Police Station and the aid post at Bangaram under Agatti Police Station respectively started functioning during the year 1991.
The present set up is based on the report on “Reorganisation of Police in the LMA group of islands” prepared by Sri Kripal Singh IPS DIG Delhi Administration during the year 1969.
Shri P.V.Sinari, the first IPS Officer joined the force on 16.1.74. The first batch of constables recruited on 13.7.64 were posted in the islands after basic training in January 1965. The first batch of direct entry Sub Inspectors recruited in 1971 joined the force in October 1972. The Police force consists of personnel from Kerala and the islands.
Lakshadweep Police Wireless was established in 1980 and is functioning under the Inspector (Communication). The islands are connected with High Frequency interfaced with BEST equipments, VHF and UHF. The POLNET system in the islands through which the connectivity with the rest of the country can be a reality.
A special Branch unit is functioning at H.Q. Kavaratti headed by an Inspector of Police and under the direct control of the Superintendent of Police.
The security of the only airport at Agatti is managed by the strength of an Inspector, one S.I., one (SI woman), 2 HCs and 5 constables since 16.4.88.
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Organized tourism is of recent origin to Lakshadweep. These islands are basically restricted areas but those who avail the package tours being conducted by SPORTS (Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism & Sports in Lakshadweep) or Authorized Private Resort Groups are exempted from entry restriction.
At present 3 inhabited islands – Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy have been opened for domestic tourists only and Kadmat, Agatti and Bangaram, are open for both domestic and international tourists.
View entry rule HERE: THE LACCADIVE MINICOY & AMINDIVI ISLANDS (RESTRICTIONS ON ENTRY AND RESIDENCE) RULES, 1967.
[Entry permit will be arranged by 'MintValley E-Tourism' and a few information is required at the time of booking. For detail Please click here. http://policeindia.com/lakshadweep_travel_tourism.htm]
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What medical facilities are available at the island? A medical center with qualified medical personnel functions at Agatti island. (8 Kms from Bangaram Island Resort) In the event of a medical emergency, evacuation by helicopter is possible. It is advisable to carry your basic medication that you may require, as this may not be available on the island.
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