The Millennium City never sleeps. After the sun sets in, the day begins for thousands of men and women working in around 250 business process outsourcing firms. And till they resume duty in graveyard shift, the 18-km stretch of the national highway no 8, which passes through the heart of the city, stays open along with several shopping malls and pubs.
But, what was most surprising for the HT team during a survey of the city roads on Saturday night was almost zero presence of policemen.
Past midnight when the city awakes, the police, it seems, fast a sleep. At least, that's what the reporter crew found out in its four-hour-long patrolling of key locations that witness frequent crimes. The team spotted only six vans of police control room (PCR) out of the total 43. Not a single bike-borne policeman was seen even as the city police have 140 motorcycle squads.
On Delhi-Gurgaon toll plaza at 12.19 am, no PCR or policeman was present, though the place has witnessed a number of crimes in the recent past. HT's team waited there for 15 minutes but failed to see any police party returning from patrolling.
The police department's drive against drunken driving seemed non-existent. There was no policeman even at important places like Shankar Chowk, Iffco Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Jharsha more, and Sector 15. A number of vehicles were parked illegally on the roadsides across the city.
Around 2 am, three PCR vans were spotted near Sahara Mall, but weekend revelers were seen drinking on the roads. The pubs were open and a group of call girls were seen luring prospect customers.
At 3 am, HT's team visited the Kherki-Dhaula toll plaza, where a toll attendant was shot dead recently. There was no PCR or policeman was seen even after 15 minutes of wait on the toll plaza or during the team's return journey.
DCP, east, Maheshwar Dayal told HT, "All the PCRs in my area of jurisdiction are on patrol. We maintain a roster."
Despite repeated attempts, Gurgaon police commissioner K K Sindhu could not be reached for comment.