With an aim to ensure safety of passengers, especially women commuters, travelling in buses, the Amritsar (rural) police have formed a squad comprising 15 members who will be deployed on various routes across the city in plain clothes to check incidents of eve-teasing and molestation, besides other criminal activities.
Members of the squad — headed by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Amandeep Kaur, who is also the only woman in the squad, board buses on various city routes and immediately sound the nearest station house officer and the police control room (PCR) to intercept the bus if they find some hooligan running amok.
Divulging detail, senior superintendent of police (Amritsar, rural) Jasdeep Singh said: “The squad was formed following the directions of Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Saini after the Moga incident with an aim to curb incidents of eve-teasing molestation and harassment of women travellers.”
“The squad members have been briefed extensively about their job and assigned different routes for vigil. They don’t have prior information about the route they will be assigned and they come to know about it from the DSP on the very day,” he added. The squad is mostly active in the morning and evening when the traffic rush is high. “The cops deployed on the buses have been given numbers of all SHOs and the police control room, including mine. They are told to inform the SHO concerned immediately if they notice some mischief so that the bus can be intercepted promptly,” he added.
According to the SSP, police have also tied up with Punjab Roadways officials and have briefed to drivers and conductors to act promptly if they find a woman is being harassed by a passenger.