Police have enhanced vigil in Rani Ka Bagh area, where thousands of students flock to take up coaching classes, after Hindustan Times highlighted the issue of rampant sexual harassment of girl students recently.
On Thursday, HT had highlighted the problem of sexual harassment faced by girl students in the locality in the absence of adequate security.
Reacting to the report, the Amritsar city police have enhanced vigil and are making other necessary arrangements to make girl students and residents feel safe and secure.
On Saturday, police officers — assistant commissioner of police (ACP west) Deepak Hiloria, ACP (traffic) Bal Krishan Singla and station house officer (SHO) of the Cantonment police station inspector Joga Singh — made rounds of the locality to ensure that no unknown face or unsocial element was roaming near the coaching centres.
Police searched vehicles and youngsters making repeated rounds of the area in their cars were challaned. Meanwhile, cops also walked down the streets to check hooligans.
Talking to HT ACP Singla said, “There will be regular as well as time-bound nakas (barricades) at Rani Ka Bagh to make girl students taking classes in early morning, noon, late evening feel secured. We assure them of their safety.”
When asked how long police would be there for the security of girl students, the ACP said: “It’s not a day affair, police will be there now. We have also roped in residents for getting information about movement of hooligans outside tutorials, which will make our policing effective.
Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Auklakh has also directed to deploy women cops, which will be done soon.”
Inspector Joga Singh said they would make sure that patrolling was increased outside prominent tutorials and the district library.
Auklakh has also asked additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP, traffic) Dhruman Nimble to deploy sufficient traffic police in Rani Ka Bagh area to make sure traffic is stream lined after the batches are over.
Barricades would also be spread out in uniformity and won’t be concentrated in an area, said police officers.
Earlier, the police commissioner had said beat boxes would immediately be installed and PCRs would be visible all around the area.