The area of Chhatarpur, home to city’s largest farmhouses, has been in news for having become a hub of gangs of robbers and carjackers in the recent years. Only last month, two incidents within four days including the murder of a businessman at a farmhouse and a hotel manager being attacked by armed assailants for resisting a robbery attempt on the main road in broad daylight shook the area. Locals had been alleging that this is the result of lack of police patrolling in the area especially after dark.
However, officials are now gearing up to establish a police post at the Chaudhary Daya Ram (CDR) Chowk to curb crime and improve the police cover in the area. Since it is the main intersection, which has to be crossed by anyone going to and fro, the police have decided to set up the post here.
The area under the jurisdiction of Mehrauli police station has always been notorious for crime. From the CDR Chowk to the main Chhatarpur road, which has residential pockets up to the Chhattarpur Village, it has been prone to anti-social elements.
According to the police, the area is one of the most vulnerable places in terms of crime, as there are a number of unauthorised settlements. Then on the one side, the road extends into the forest area, which allows easy access to criminals who escape into the village or hide in the dense forest after committing the crime.
“A few days back, a demolition drive to remove jhuggi clusters was conducted. We have marked the location for the police post. It will be the central point for day and night monitoring, which was not possible from the Mehrauli police station as the area is wide. We have been working on the plan for quite some time,” said additional DCP (South) Nupur Prasad.
The area has been sensitive to crime. With a police post at the intersection, it will become the halting point for PCR vans. “We are also planning to set up a traffic post here. The intersection is the major focal point for vehicles going to and fro. Only last month, we had arrested a gang of robbers from here. They would easily escape into the village and become untraceable after committing robberies. Also, it would take time for the staff to go to the police station for change of duty and come back to the spot. For effective policing, teams are to be present at small intersections. With the coming up of the post, it will save time and keep the force under circulation, which will certainly create a deterrent,” she added.
Residents of Chhattarpur Extension claimed they had raised the issue of security with the police several times and recently in a meeting with the district DCP. “The area lacks enough police presence and night patrolling. We had approached the SHO as well, who gave us assurances, but no initiative was taken on their part. Also, at times, the local police would cite shortage of staff as the reason. From the temple up to the village, the area is riddled with anti-social elements hiding under bushes or near the jhuggis. The police must increase deployment and gear up patrolling in order to create a sense of safety among residents as well as commuters,” said CP Kalra of Chhattarpur Extension, who is also the president of the senior citizens council of the area.