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‘Most illegal lodges have been shut down’: Sanjay Banerjee

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 11) Sanjay Banerjee said the police are keeping a strict vigil on the lodges in and around Malad. With that, he assured residents, the crime rate would come down.

mumbai Updated: May 27, 2010 00:27 IST
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Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 11) Sanjay Banerjee said the police are keeping a strict vigil on the lodges in and around Malad. With that, he assured residents, the crime rate would come down.

After the spate of rapes and other crimes in Malad’s shady lodges, what have the police done?
In 2009, there were a few incidents reported from the lodges, but now we have kept a strict vigil on them and shut the illegal ones.

What steps have the police taken to curb the menace of illegal lodges?
We conduct surprise checks and raid the illegal lodges. We have shut down almost all the illegal ones.

What measures are being taken to reduce the crimes committed in these lodges that rent out rooms per hour?
We have issued warnings to the lodge owners to check the credentials and age proof of their guests. We have also told them not to rent out rooms to men who bring along girls who look like minors. The owners have been instructed to maintain a register with the guests’ particulars and we regularly check these registers. Patrolling around these lodges has also been increased.

Have the police spoken to residents, who have been complaining about these illegal lodges?
We hold regular meetings with residents to address their problems. We have assured them that the crime arising from these lodges has been brought under control.