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Post Manesar gang-rape, police propose well-lit streets, patrolling of secluded areas

Gurgaon police commissioner, Sandeep Khirwar, sought the help of residents in identifying the vacant or secluded spots in the industrial township of Manesar

gurgaon Updated: Jun 11, 2017 23:42 IST
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Hindustan Times
The three Manesar gang-rape accused were produced in court on Saturday.
The three Manesar gang-rape accused were produced in court on Saturday.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

Identifying secluded spots, more patrolling near such vacant or abandoned areas, well-lit streets and more CCTV cameras. These are a few proposals or suggestions that the city police came up with during a meeting with officers of all police stations within the ambit of Gurgaon district on Sunday.

The meeting took place nearly two weeks after the gang-rape of a woman and murder of her infant daughter in the industrial township of Manesar. The incident led to calls for beefing the city’s security apparatus and improve law and order.

Sandeep Khirwar, Gurgaon commissioner of police, said although it was a regular meeting and wasn’t specifically related to the Manesar incident, the rape case in particular and women’s safety in general was prominently discussed.

“We identified certain problem areas. For instance, secluded spots. We will identify all such vacant or secluded areas in the region and ensure that they are well-lit and patrolled well,” Khirwar said.

He added that it could only be done with a joint effort.

“This can’t be done by the police alone. We will be communicating with the municipal authorities, agencies such as the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and even residents’ welfare association and seek their help for better policing,” he said.

Khirwar also said that the police will be hold a meeting with Manesar industrialists on Monday, after a few of them approached the police, seeking better security in the light of the gang-rape incident.

Dharamvir Singh, AC, Manesar, said that the proposals that were mooted at the meeting will be implemented soon.

“We have asked village heads, industrialists and locals to help us identify the abandoned spots such as the one in Sector 8 where the incident took place. We will then ensure that all such areas are well-lit and more police personnel are deployed to ensure security,” Singh said.

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Singh also said that the industrialists have agreed on deploying more watchmen near their industrial units. Earlier, the police announced that every auto-rickshaw driver in the area would be verified and list of all drivers along with their photographs will be drawn up.

“A union of auto drivers which is helping us in this effort . All new drivers would be allowed to ply their vehicles after necessary verification,” he said.

All three arrested accused in the gang-rape case — Yogender, Amit and Jaikesh — will be produced before a magistrate on Monday.

The 19-year-old victim, on Friday, identified all the three accused who raped her and killed her eight-month-old daughter on the night of May 29. The police also arrested the canter driver on Saturday, who offered her a lift from Bas Kusla village on that fateful night and molested her.