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In a bid to stay one step ahead of criminals,the 22 Station House Officers posted in Ghaziabad patrolled the city without their uniforms or police vehicles on Wednesday.

In a bid to stay one step ahead of criminals,the 22 Station House Officers (SHO) posted in Ghaziabad patrolled the city without their uniforms or police vehicles on Wednesday. The idea was to ensure that the policemen remain undetected by the criminals,who usually are alerted by the police vehicles and their uniforms.

“The exercise is necessary to keep the station heads updated on their areas. They need to do rounds of their areas to control petty crimes,” said Akhil Kumar,Senior Superintendent of Police,Ghaziabad.

A chain snatcher,Rohit,fell prey to the unusual tactics used by the police. “The moment Rohit snatched the chain of a woman,the Senior Superintendent of Police,who was doing rounds on a motorcycle,informed us on the wireless. He said a motorcyclists and his pillion rider,without a helmet,had committed one snatching. We nabbed them in Vaishali,” said Rahul Srivastava,Circle Officer,Indirapuram,who interrogated Rohit..

SSP Kumar said the move has helped reduce the warning time for criminals and make the police quicker in nabbing the culprits. “The officers travel in jeeps and cars,which makes it impossible for them to follow the culprits who use motorcycles,which are faster even in traffic jams. Moreover,the police uniform makes the criminals cautious and thus they manage to avoid being arrested.”

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The police believe that with Kanwaria season back,traffic congestion will worsen and snatching incidents will increase. “A two-hour check everyday by the police station heads will solve the petty crimes like snatching. I believe it is time for the SHOs to pull up their socks and arrest the criminals active in their area,” said the district police chief.

First published on: 16-07-2009 at 01:17:58 am
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