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Pune police let Wagholi-kars form night watch to tackle robberies

With the help of the local police, the Gram Suraksha Dal, is an official group of residents from the area who patrol Wagholi according to a pre-determined time-table worked out with the police

pune Updated: Mar 15, 2019 17:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Wagholi residents, not an area renowned for a quiet get-by attitude, have now begun a neighbourhood night watch(PICTURE FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY)

Wagholi residents, not an area renowned for a quiet get-by attitude, have now begun a neighbourhood night watch.

With the help of the local police, the Gram Suraksha Dal, is an official group of residents from the area who patrol Wagholi according to a pre-determined time-table worked out with the police.

Police inspector Suresh Kumar Raut, Lonikand police station, says, “This Gram Suraksha Dal with the residents of Wagholi , is because there was an increase in robberies in the area.The increase in population with many IT and other industrial employees shifting base to Wagholi, had led to an increase in robberies. Although the Gram Suraksha Dal, as a concept, is old, it is thanks to these young volunteers that we can work together to maintain peace in the area. They also help in regulating traffic in the area.”

“There have been several robbery cases spread over the last three months. When we approached the local police station in Lonikand we were told that investigations are going on, but staff was an issue,” says Sanjeev Kumar Patil, part of the resident patrolling unit.

“It is a tough job; night patrols after a full day of office work and again back to office the next day. But, we are managing it. You have to go on patrol once every 12 days,” is the information Patil is willing to share.

“Us residents met Pratap Mankar, former senior PI of Lonikand police station. During this conversation we came up with the idea of night patrols, from 11 pm to 5 am in Wagholi,” he adds.

“Forty-eight volunteers are on the job and each patrol visits every society and village in the area, recording entries of visitors in a visitors’ book,” says Sandesh Lokhande, another patrol-resident.

“Personally, It gives me satisfaction doing something for my co-Wagholikars and helping the police. One night for Wagholi is the least we can do. Every 12 days you do a patrol,” says Nitin Kumar Jain, also a patrol volunteer.

End result? Since the patrols began on March 1, 2019, not a single robbery reported.

First Published: Mar 15, 2019 16:33 IST