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16-22 January 2015

Vol. 4 No. 22  Pages 16  ` 10

RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319, Postal Regn. No. GRG/35/2014-2017

FG Night Inspection { Abhishek Behl FG }

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he presence of a Policeman on the streets is not only reassuring for the common man, but is also a great deterrent to miscreants and criminals who are out on the streets looking for prey. In a city like Gurgaon, which has a large floating population and porous borders with Delhi, Faridabad and ‘notorious’ Mewat, the presence of the Police on the roads, particularly during the nights, is critical for the prevention of crime. And of course it does give the citizens a feeling of security and ‘comfort’. Currently, with the national capital on high alert upto January 26 (especially with Obama in town), Gurgaon should remain very vigilant too. It had also been expected that with a new government at the helm and a new administration having taken charge in Gurgaon, things would change for the better…even on the roads. To assess the situation ‘live’, as in earlier years, a Friday Gurgaon team visited different parts of the City on Wednesday night (between 10pm and 1am). Up front: there continues to be limited (even less than before) Police presence in the City, and at many places the Police pickets and nakas - the checkpoints – were unmanned. The good news is that Gurgaon Police is still serious about preventing drunk driving, and teams of the Traffic Police were present at two key points to check motorists. However, it is surprising that while Delhi Police has posted a PCR at key entry points (into Delhi) from the ‘old’ Gurgaon side,

there is little or no checking of people entering Gurgaon. Maybe the Gurgaon Police is now becoming more oriented to basically acting on intelligence inputs, as the new Police Chief told Friday Gurgaon (FG) in a recent interview. He had maintained that he believed more in taking ‘smart’ action rather than, say, putting some extra force at the nakas. At 10.10pm the check post on the Palam Vihar road that leads to Bijwasan was empty, and the room that serves as a Police chowki was locked. In the dark, cold night it was the barricades that were doing duty…. not Policemen. There was also no Police presence on the other road that goes from Palam Vihar to Bijwasan via Ansal Plaza. There is normally a Police gypsy stationed in front of the Ansal Plaza Mall, but that too was missing. May be it was taking a round of the colony. Rajesh Kumar, who was standing on the road for a lift from a cab, as is his usual practice, told Friday Gurgaon that Police presence on this road remains thin, though there is checking sometimes. "We would like that at least a motorcycle team is posted here during the night hours, so that those on the road feel secure," said Kumar. At Kapashera the scene changed dramatically. The new IT hub at Dundahera was alive with activity. There were cabs all around, each trying to overtake the other. Many young men were having tea, rolls and other snacks at the kiosks outside one of the IT buildings. Surprisingly, no girls could be seen. It is only when the FG Team stepped out to talk to the youth we see a number of girls Contd. on p 4  See back page also

prakhar PANDEY

Friday gurgaon 16 22 january, 2015  

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