The Home Ministry on Friday stepped in to restore public confidence in the police and announced a centrally-monitored crackdown on criminals across the capital.
As the first step, Home Secretary RK Singh directed the police to move into zero-tolerance mode towards all crimes.
Singh — who held an unusual press conference with the police commissioner Neeraj Kumar — promised that Delhiites would feel the changes being put in place. For one, he has ordered police to ensure that discotheques and bars be shut at 1 am sharp every night.
In his action plan, Singh also promised to take public vehicles that violate any terms of their permit conditions off the roads for good and an intensive campaign against drunk driving. Also, no public transport will be allowed to ply in the Capital without police verification of drivers or assistants.
After the court rap on security lapses in the Capital, the Delhi Police have finally swung into action. The special commissioner of police (law and order) has issued a circular, asking police stations to focus on visibility of men in uniforms on the road and identify routes used by women at night.
"All main routes along which families, couples and girls travel at night from places of entertainment should be extensively patrolled by vans, motorcycles and emergency response vehicles (ERVs). There should be high visibility of uniformed personnel," the circular said.
"The local police have already identified routes taken by women returning from work at night from BPOs and malls. The district heads have been asked to reassess the deployment and check if there more personnel patrolling vans are required," a senior police officer said. "We have ordered a fresh survey. A police station-wise report on areas without proper lighting has to be sent to the law and order office as a priority.”