The North district police plan to use drones equipped with night-vision cameras to patrol secluded stretches after a 27-year-old woman was raped by a Uber cab driver in Inderlok.
The spot where the accused cabbie is suspected to have taken the victim falls under the Sarai Rohilla police station. The stretch turns desolate at night, with the Najafgarh drain running on one side and a park on the other.
Though both ends of the road are reportedly shut by at 11 pm every night, commuters seeking a shortcut often remove the barriers, making the road accessible at night.
“Using drones with night-vision cameras might be one way to address the problem,” additional deputy commissioner of police (North) Brijender Kumar Yadav said.
The project has already been sanctioned by the police headquarters. “The drones will help us immensely in night surveillance. Monitoring will also be easy, if anybody tries to move the barricades. We have earlier used drones on occasions such as August 15, Durga Puja, Ganesh Visarjan etc. The device is already in the process of being acquired,” he said.
A drone called ‘Netra’ – developed by IIT-Powai and the Defence Research Development Organisation, has been chosen by Delhi Police. “It can go up to 200 metres and has infrared capability,” Yadav said.