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Chandigarh Police identify 101 dark spots vulnerable to crime 

SSP writes to administration and the MC, suggesting setting up of more streetlights to curtail crime and accidents.

punjab Updated: Jul 28, 2018 13:52 IST
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chandigarh Police,Chandigarh crime,crime in Punjab
Having invited the Punjab and Haryana high court’s ire over failing to curtail crime, Chandigarh Police have mapped the city to check for highly crime-prone areas, and identified 101 dark spots in the city. (HT Photo)

Having invited the Punjab and Haryana high court’s ire over failing to curtail crime, Chandigarh Police have mapped the city to check for highly crime-prone areas, and identified 101 dark spots in the city.

Prominent among these are some of the major commercial hubs of the city — Sectors 17, 34 and IT Park.

Police have come out with a list of dark spots in three sub-divisions, describing them as most prone to crimes, such as snatching, carjacking, vehicle thefts, besides other petty crimes. They have also pointed out faults in streetlights at 737 points.

Dark spots are isolated places within sectors and public parks that are not illuminated. Well-lit roads help keep a check on crimes and accidents at night.

Through letters to the Chandigarh administration chief engineer and the municipal corporation, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nilambari Jagdale has recommended putting up of more streetlights in these areas. Jagdale has pointed out that there remains a strong apprehension of heinous crimes at the 101 dark spots mapped by the police.

Patrolling to be set up

The UT SSP has instructed deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) and senior inspectors to set up temporary pickets at vulnerable points, such as Tribune Chowk, Bitta Petrol Pump, Shivalik Garden in Manimajra, Sector 22, besides regular patrolling from Dariya to Transport Chowk.Moreover, they have been instructed to deploy sufficient police force at these points from 10pm to 6am.

One year data compiled

UT police have also prepared a list of spots where thefts and other crimes have been committed in the past one year.Three cases of thefts and one case of robbery were reported from the backside of the Civil Secretariat, an otherwise highly protected area of the city. Likewise, three cases of theft and robbery were reported from near Hotel Mountview in Sector 10.

Three thefts occurred near Police Lines in Sector 26, and five were reported from the Sri Guru Gobind Singh College area in Sector 26.

Based on the list, the PCR has been told to stay extra vigilant at points such as Hallo Majra bridge, Khuda Lahora bridge, Bitta Petrol Pump in Sector 26, Tribune Chowk, Mauli Jagran, Burail, Indira Colony, Parade Ground in Sector 17, and Ziri Mandi Chowk near Sector 39.

Crackdown on snatchers

To check cases of snatching, effective verification of all recorded snatchers and intensive checking of two-wheelers has been ordered. Suspects are being photographed, along with their motorcycles. Besides better communication with cops of Mohali and Panchkula, and day to day monitoring of the supervisory staff,action has also been ordered against people giving surety of snatchers who have jumped bail.

First Published: Jul 28, 2018 12:49 IST