After Snapdeal executive Dipti Sarna’s abduction in February, the Ghaziabad police has got a mobile app developed that will have a database of ‘specially-numbered’ autorickshaws plying in the city. The app will provide all the details of the auto, its driver and the owner to its users and police officials.
Officials said their unique numbering drive started a fortnight ago will end in another two months. During this period, the police will prepare the database of nearly 16,000 autos plying in Ghaziabad.
“Once the numbering drive is over, we will upload the entire database of auto details on the mobile app that has been developed and will also be made available over Playstore. It will be available to the general public and police officials. Once a passenger boards an auto, he/she can press a button in the app that will immediately send the auto’s details to his/her family and the police control room, where it will be saved,” said Salman Taj, superintendent of police, Ghaziabad.
“Under the unique numbering scheme, we are gathering details of autos and credentials of owners and drivers. Once the passengers send the information through the app, all the details will also be available at the control room. In case of any unwanted situation, the police will have the details with them, which will help in launching an immediate investigation,” he added.
The police had faced a major problem during Sarna’s case as they did not have a database of autos plying on the route she was abducted on.
At present, the police have the database only of pre-paid and NCR autos plying in the city.
“It has also come to light that auto drivers generally pick up a different auto every day and run it on a daily rental basis. To check this, we have also told our circle officers and the auto owners to keep a database register of auto drivers. In case of any incident, the auto’s owner will be held responsible if the driver commits a crime and escapes,” Taj said.