With growing incidents of snatching and looting of migrant workers, Jalandhar's industrialists have started deploying private patrol parties to keep a check on the menace.
Industrialists on Bulandpur road and in Raovali industrial area have hired able-bodied men armed with batons to patrol the streets on motorcycles.
"Four parties start patrolling the area at around 7pm and continue till 10.30pm. This is the time when the looters are most active as most workers leave for home," said Shant Kumar Gupta, general secretary, Pathankot road manufacturers association.
"Industrialists were left with no option but to deploy private patrol parties. The police have failed to control snatchings."
He appealed to industrialists of other areas such as Focal Point Extension and Gudaipur area to resort to private patrolling, for which industrialists collectively bear the cost.
Despite a semblance of security instilled by these patrol parties, area industrialists are still apprehensive since team members are armed only with lathis.
Focal Point Extension association president Narinder Singh Saggu said: "Three years ago, home guards were deployed in the area. Industrialists also arranged three patrol parties."
Industrial units in Focal Point Extension area and Gudaipur area have been urged to install close circuit television cameras outside their units.
DSP rural Harpreet Singh Benipal said deployment of patrol parties in areas falling under the jurisdiction of rural police was a good move.