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Shakti, Garud squads launched in Noida for women’s safety

The women constables will conduct patrollling around schools, colleges, markets and malls and look out for eve-teasers

noida Updated: Sep 09, 2017 23:22 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
The Shakti squad comprises 40 women police constables on two-wheelers.
The Shakti squad comprises 40 women police constables on two-wheelers.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

: Aiming to improve law and order situation in Noida and Greater Noida, police on Saturday launched its two services – Shakti and Garud. Shakti is a squad of 40 women constables, who will be patrolling on 20 scooters (scooty), while Garud, the male squad has been given 30 bikes.

The first of its kind initiatives in Gautam Budh Nagar district was launched by the additional director general (law and order) of Uttar Pradesh police, Anand Kumar along with other police officers. The bikes and scooters have been provided to police by Hero MotoCorp under the scheme of corporate social responsibility.

The women constables will patrol around schools, colleges, markets, malls and factories to keep vigil on eve teasers and those who misbehave with women. Constables have been asked to act swiftly and book the offenders at the nearest police station.

Senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar, Love Kumar said, “We have been working on the plan for a longer time and after chalking out all possibilities, matter was taken up with Hero. Launching of Shakti squad was need of the hour as women feel more comfortable to interact with women constables. Women who face problem will interact with these constables and aware them of situation in other areas as well.”

The scooters and bikes are equipped with public addressing system, siren, besides the women constables will have body worn cameras and wireless. All these scooters have been modified in such a way that they can be identified easily by the public.

Women constables will be wearing white and black coloured Hero Duet scooters have written Shakti and Uttar Pradesh police on it. The constables will also engage with women to ascertain as what kind of problems they are facing, police said.

Meanwhile, the police also launched Garud, which has 30 Hero Achiever bikes. The traffic cop riding the bike will have powers to impose fine on the violators. Through public addressing system that includes mic and loudspeaker, the traffic cop will make announcements.

Love Kumar said the traffic cops will keep check over encroachments, traffic jams and will also monitor the traffic situation in city. The members of both the squad will be in touch with the officials of the nearest police station in any situation.

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The cops will have also the body worn cameras to keep record of the situation and footage will act as proof to analyse the situation or to investigate the matter.

ADG, law and order Uttar Pradesh, Anand Kumar said, “The body worn cameras are very important for the cops. The suspension rate in police department across India is very high. Sometimes baseless allegations are leveled and the official gets suspended. With the inception of technology, such cameras are important to ensure truth prevails. Moreover, these cameras also help in analysing the situation related to law and order as well as investigation purpose.”

Of the 30 bikes, 24 will keep patrolling in Noida and 6 will be patrolling in areas of Greater Noida. The idea of taking Garud was ensuring traffic situation is improved in both the twin cities. According to police data, around 400 people die in road accident every year in the district, while 700 receive injuries.

First Published: Sep 09, 2017 23:22 IST

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