Keeping in mind the deteriorating law and order situation in the city and loss of faith among residents in the law-enforcement agencies, a resident welfare association here has taken upon itself the task of installing closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) at a nearby park to ensure safety of children in the locality.
On October 12 last year, seven-year-old Gopi was kidnapped from Rainbow Park in Model Town. The accused in the case reportedly used to meet the boy before the incident. The Jalandhar police traced the boy to Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh on October 22. Three persons were arrested in this connection.
Keeping in view the safety of the children, the members of the Rainbow Welfare Society, Model Town, came forward and installed CCTV cameras in the park on their own.
Darshan Singh Dayal, president of the society, said, “It is the first park in Jalandhar to have CCTV cameras as we need a safe and healthy environment for everyone. The kidnapping case turned the park into a deserted area as everyone was afraid of sending their kids to play.”
“Even after the kidnapping, the government made no effort to ensure security in various localities. We are working for the residents’ welfare and paying for maintenance of the park from our pockets. We have started water-harvesting system and music system to make this park a model for the city,” he further said.
The 17-year-old welfare society is working for the development of the locality without any aid from the government.
Mamta Jain, a local resident, said, “The government should make efforts for the safety of residents and children by employing a security guard in prominent parks of the city. Besides, the government should maintain playgrounds for children.”