Following the abduction and reappearance of Snapdeal’s 24-year-old legal department executive after nearly 36 hours, the Ghaziabad police is planning to initiate a drive across the city to streamline the functioning of shared autos in the city.
Senior police officials said that a majority of autos do not follow the routes and there is no prevalent system of their identification or driver’s authenticity.
“First, we will identify routes for autos and will also prepare a system to record their route charts. We have further plans for numbering or color coding of autos so that any auto deviating from the original route can be identified immediately. We also have plans for identity-cards for auto drivers which they will wear during their duty hours,” said Atul Kumar Yadav, circle officer (Indirpauram).
There are around 16000 autos plying in Ghaziabad with several unverified drivers. A number of such drivers also ply autos on daily rent and frequently keep changing vehicles. Apart from unverified drivers, there have been a number of incidents that have come to light where passengers were robbed, raped, murdered or thrown out after robberies in autos.
A number of times citizens have raised concerns over their safety and security issues while travelling in autos due to lack of safe and comfortable internal mode of commuting in Ghaziabad.
The drive follows the alleged abduction of Snapdeal’s executive Dipti Sarna who was abducted by four unidentified men, including the auto driver, in an auto on the night of February 10 near river Hindon. She had boarded an auto from outside Vaishali metro station and boarded another auto after the first auto developed a snag.
Following the incident reported by her in the second auto, police had launched massive checking and raids at areas near Raj Nagar Extension, adjacent Morti village, slum areas near river Hindon, Nand Gram and nearby Vembey Housing scheme.
The police had also picked up dozens of auto drivers who were operating from Vaishali and other areas and verified them about their schedule on the night of the incient and day after.