Following a spate of serious offences in the jungles in the northern suburbs the deputy commissioner of police (zone 12), Rajendra Dhabade, has given strict orders to the police stations to keep a vehicle in their jurisdiction in these secluded areas round the clock.
After the recent incident in which a collegian, Kaushik Jalawadia, 20, was kidnapped, murdered and his body dumped in the forest area of Aarey, DCP Rajendra Dhabade said that stringent security measures would be taken to prevent misuse of these areas.
Dhabade also said that action would be taken on the security guards who were on duty at Aarey and neither questioned the driver or the occupants of the car while they were taking the body nor did they bother to check the vehicle.
“We will take proper action and there will 24-hour surveillance in areas like the Aarey Colony, the National Park and the forest area near Kurar village. Police vehicles will be there round the clock to monitor the activities in the area,” said Dhabade.
In June, four persons were murdered and their bodies dumped in the forest area in Kurar by a group of men over a trivial issue. In May, a woman was gang-raped in the forest area in Kurar.
“Since these areas are secluded and filled with shrubs and trees, it becomes an ideal place for criminals to commit any offence. There is also a good chance that many crimes committed in these secluded areas went unreported. Hence, strict measures are necessary to prevent such crimes in future,” said a crime branch officer.