When Delhi police fail on their promise of With You, For You, Always, Delhiites help themselves.
This year has seen a sharp increase in the number of cases where Delhiites rose up to defend themselves from snatchers and robbers.
And the police have been gracious enough to honour and reward them.
Altogether, 323 people had been rewarded by Delhi Police for providing information about criminals till June 15.
In 2008, only 137 people were rewarded in the entire year.
The total reward money handed out to the 323 people amounted to Rs 10,12,500. Individual rewards ranged from Rs 500 to Rs 50,000.
Police, however, claimed it was their effort to connect with the public that encouraged these people to give out information about criminals.
“There has been a continuous sensitisation focus on ‘eyes and ears’ scheme due to which people are readily trying to not only pass on information about criminals but also taking on criminals,” said HGS Dhaliwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (south).
On April 3 this year, in the Defence Colony area of south Delhi, friends Salman Malik and Faizan Malik were on their way home when they saw a woman shouting for help. A motorcyclist had snatched her bag. Without caring for their lives, the two friends started chasing the snatcher and after pursuing him for more than a kilometre, they managed to pin him down and handed him over to the police.
Prashant Kumar, an autorickshaw driver who helped catch a motorcycle-borne snatcher fleeing after attacking a woman near August Kranti Marg in south Delhi said he could not have stood a mute spectator to the crime.
“I did not know the woman but I saw the two men hitting her from the back. She was crying for help. They fled with her gold chain. I chased them and handed them over to the police. Had I waited for the police, the snatchers would have fled,” said Kumar.
The area DCPs send proposals about such bravehearts to the joint commissioner of police, who forwards it to the commissioner. It is after the nod of the police chief that these people are rewarded.
“We encourage people to help the police. There has been a spurt because our schemes to encourage people have started paying dividend,” said Rajan Bhagat, spokesman, Delhi Police.