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Women given tips on how to deal with miscreants

The Anti-Romeo Squad remained alert in areas with maximum number of girls’ schools and colleges.

lucknow Updated: Mar 23, 2017 13:42 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Allahabad/Varanasi/Kanpur/Meerut/Bareilly, Hindustan Times
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Cops interacting with working women in Allahabad to assure them of all help in case of any harassment from eve- teasers. (HT Photo)

The Anti Romeo Squad (ARS) nabbed more than 30 youths who were found indulging in eve-teasing near girls’ schools, colleges as well as coaching institutes in Civil Lines and other areas of the city on Wednesday.

SP (city) Vipin Tada interacted with women in several private companies in Civil Lines and sought suggestions from them to improve working of the squad. He gave tips to women to deal with miscreants and provided them with helpline numbers.

The ARS remained alert in areas with maximum number of girls schools and colleges.

The aggressive drive launched by cops instilled fear among miscreants who avoided flocking around schools and colleges. Paan shops, tea stalls, and other hangouts of youths near schools and colleges in Civil Lines and other areas wore a deserted look on Wednesday.

SSP Shalabh Mathur said cops will also remain vigilant in rural areas of the district.

Meanwhile, an anti-Romeo drive was carried out near schools and colleges in Chetganj police station area of Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A team led by inspector, Chetganj, Anupam Srivastava carried out the drive outside Arya Mahila Degree College and other girls’ schools. The team quizzed the youths standing outside the colleges and warned them of strict action if they were found loitering again.

Inspector general of police N Ravindra said an anti-Romeo squad would be constituted soon after getting instructions from the state administration.

SSP, Varanasi, Nitin Tiwari said they were waiting for instructions from the state administration about the format of anti-Romeo squad.

In Kanpur, anti-Romeo squad formally hit the streets. Though no one was arrested, the police team ended up questioning couples in two parks. Their parents were called in and the girls were handed over to them. The boys were let off with a warning.

The teams, led by SP (West) Sachindra Patel spent considerable time around the colleges, malls and parks and questioned the boys standing outside.

As many as 18 youths were nabbed by the Civil Lines police in Allahabad after they were found loitering around near schools, colleges and coaching institutes.

Four eve-teasers, found loitering near the government college, were detained by the ‘anti-Romeo’ squad of Pilibhit police.

“They were found wandering around the gate of a government college and were detained by the four-member squad.” said superintendent of police, Pilibhit, Devranjan Verma. Family members of the detainees were called to the police station and asked to keep tabs on the activities of their ward.

Several youngsters found standing near colleges and institutions in Bareilly and Badaun were also quizzed.

In Meerut, squads comprising three policemen (including male and female sub-inspectors and a constable) have been formed in 26 police stations to keep a close watch on eve-teasers.

SSP J Ravindra Gaud said the squad took a round of lanes and roads approaching co-ed and girls’ colleges. Sometimes, women constables also patrol the area in plain clothes.

In the past two days, these squads caught a few suspected Romeos from outside DN College and other locations. SP (city) Alok Priyadarshi said the squads had not arrested anyone but the eve-teasers were taken for questioning.

In Gorakhpur, 32 suspects were picked up and let off with a warning.

Incidents of eve-teasing have posed a threat to law and order in the past.

The Muzaffarnagar riot was triggered by an eve-teasing incident in Kawal village of Jansath area in August 2013. Similarly, an incident of eve-teasing took a communal turn in Penda village of Bijnore, which claimed lives of two persons.

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First Published: Mar 23, 2017 13:41 IST