A group of volunteers has decided to lend a helping hand to the Delhi Police.
Aiming to neutralise the threat of another possible terrorist attack in central Delhi's bustling Paharganj area (one of the sites of 2005's serial bomb blasts) during the Commonwealth Games, the Delhi chapter of the Jagruk Nagrik Suraksha Sangathan (JNSS) has 'adopted' the tourist hotspot two months in advance.
"We have created a team of 25 volunteers for providing a parallel security system to Paharganj. While 15 are engaged in spreading awareness by distributing pamphlets and providing door-to-door counselling, the rest will screen the area for potential safety loopholes," said Denson Joseph, president, JNSS.
JNSS volunteers also organised an awareness march that began from the R.K. Ashram Marg and culminated at Paharganj on Saturday.
"During the march, we interacted with everyone from rickshaw pullers to shop owners and residents of the area," said Anjan Samal, national secretary, JNSS.
"If keeping our eyes and ears open and bringing loopholes in the area's security to the local police's attention can prevent a terror attack, then we will do all we can," said Suresh Kohli (35), a restaurant owner.
Ramesh Chander (25), a rickshaw puller said, "The local police are not accessible to people like me. With such organisations, everyone can share information with the police."
"Every democracy needs the active participation of the people – whether individuals or organisations. We are happy that the people are stepping forward to help us in keeping the city safe," said Jaspal Singh DCP (central).