In the run-up to US President Barack Obama’s visit to the city, the security measures in the city still seem to be taken lightly. Tina Wellington (40) found it out while travelling on bus no.1 from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Backbay Reclamation last week.
She found a school bag lying unattended and immediately brought this to the notice of the bus conductor and driver. But to her surprise they did not any pay heed to her warning.
Also the fellow commuters seemed to be least bothered about it.
“There is no point burning candles after attacks. If this is the way people behave then, no one can stop 26/11 happening in our city,” said Wellington.
She noted down the bus number and called the police control room twice, but they did not take any action too.
“The police officer started asking me questions about my personal details which were irrelevant, instead of taking any action”.
Though she took down the number of the bus and the batch number of the conductor.
“I did my duty by informing the authorities concerned, but it seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. I didn’t find any point complaining and wasting my time after such a lukewarm response,” Wellington added.
Sanjay Potnis, BEST committee chairperson, said: “It is the duty of the bus conductor to take the necessary action and inform the nearby police station. However, until the complaint is registered with the depot or BEST authorities, we cannot take any action.”
Although the city police are taking measures for the security of Obama, Wellington says, “It is not only about Obama’s security. The lives of common men are also important.”