Police arrested 76 people on charge of harassment during a drive -- Operation Romeo Free -- on Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) Road on Saturday night. Police personnel, including women, in civil attire carried out the drive from 10 pm to 2 am, a police spokesperson said.
The personnel were stationed at various crowded points on the MG Road that houses a number of malls, residential complexes and corporate offices. At each point, a women official was deployed with a policeman.
Those arrested were caught making inappropriate gestures at women or misbehaving with them outside Sahara Mall, MG Road metro station, JMD mall, and other places.
The drive was carried out under the supervision of assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Mamta Kharab. Those arrested were booked under section 107/151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and kept in lock-ups at the Sector 29 police station and DLF Phase 1 police station, the spokesperson said.
Kharab said the accused, mostly intoxicated, were either misbehaving with bar girls or passing comments on women. Majority of them were arrested after pubs closed around 1 am.
Police deployed about three dozen policemen and 20 women personnel for the drive.
On August 27 and on September 4, police had arrested 50 and 121 people under the same drive.
Last year during September, October, and December, police arrested 250 people under the same drive from different areas of the city, including MG Road.
Police, however said, there has been a dip in cases of harassment after last year’s drive.