The states of Punjab and Haryana and the union territory of Chandigarh have submitted their replies on a petition seeking contempt of court proceedings against police heads for not providing armed women constables in public transport buses.
In its reply, Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini said that the compliance reports received from zonal inspectors general of police in the state said public transport vehicles were being covered regularly on a random basis.
Haryana, on the other hand, has stated that a large number of policemen travel in Haryana Roadways buses for various police duties. They are also entitled to travel in these buses after payment of nominal monthly charges during their leave period.
Instructions had been issued to all uniformed policemen that they should travel in Haryana Roadways buses, while on or off duty, in uniform to instill a sense of security among passengers in general and women in particular, the reply filed by Haryana DGP Yash Pal Singal said.
Union territory of Chandigarh SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said special police checking in public transport was being done from time to time.
The high court will take up affidavits of these police heads on the next date of hearing on August 24.
The replies have been filed on a petition seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against these police heads for not complying with the directions of the Supreme Court and high court to deploy armed women police officers in state transport buses.