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Police to beef up security in west region

Mohamed Thaver, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 27, 2012
First Published: 02:03 IST(27/12/2012) | Last Updated: 02:04 IST(27/12/2012)

Police officials in the western region (from Bandra to Andheri), where the Juhu-slapping incident took place, have come up with strategies to ensure women's safety in the city.

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Officials will keep a tab on areas where cases of harassment are frequent, such as paan shops and illegal eateries.

They will also strictly enforce the 11pm deadline for paan shops and have  asked for the removal of illegal eateries/joints near schools and colleges, as men often gather at these places and pass comments at women.

Additional commissioner of police, west region, Vishwas Nangre Patil said, "There are certain areas such as paan-beedi shops where men tend to loiter and harass women. We have asked these shops to shut down by 11pm latest."

"Also it is seen that youth gang up at illegal joints outside colleges, even though they are not students of those institutions. They end up creating nuisance for others. To reduce this, we are asking for demolition of such joints. We have already cleared up some encroachments in the Hill Road area of Bandra on Tuesday," he added.

The police have also launched a crackdown on bikers involved in crimes such as chain snatching, or passing lewd remarks about women.

They have also decided to take action against bikers who engage in stunts or are speeding. Police said that many of them also indulge in crimes such as chain and bag snatching.

Patil, along with his staff from the Kherwadi police station, detained 18 bikers for speeding and performing stunts at Kherwadi junction on Tuesday night. "While FIRs were registered against six persons, the others were allowed to go after paying a fine," Patil said.

As part of this women safety drive, the police have also increased patrolling in the area.

"We are interested in area domination, especially when it comes to certain isolated corners, thereby reducing vulnerable spots in our jurisdiction. We want women to feel safe too," added Patil.


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