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The gangrape of a BPO employee in Dhaula Kuan could have been prevented had Delhi Police’s PCR vans been at their designated spots early last Wednesday.

Written by Neeraj Chauhan | New Delhi | Published: November 30, 2010 5:20:57 am

DHAULA KUAN RAPE : Police brass believe they could have rescued the woman

The gangrape of a BPO employee in Dhaula Kuan could have been prevented had Delhi Police’s PCR vans been at their designated spots early last Wednesday.

Senior police officers,who checked the GPS positions of the PCR vans in Dhaula Kuan and Mongolpuri during the time of the abduction and subsequent rape of the 30-year-old woman,have found that several PCR vans were not at their positions along the Ring Road and were parked in bylanes and other areas. The officers feel the woman could have been rescued had the vehicles been at their designated spots as the victim’s friend had made a PCR call immediately after the abduction.

The revelation has prompted the Delhi Police brass to crack the whip on PCR vans. After a meeting of senior officials it was decided that all PCR vans should be parked at places visible to the public and not in corners and bylanes. “They have been told that at least one officer should be standing outside the van at all times. They have also been asked to patrol their designated areas at short intervals. Strict action would be taken against those not following the guidelines,” said a senior officer. Officers in the police headquarters will now constantly monitor the GPS location of all PCR vans.

The vans have also been asked to keep the beacon lights on at all times. “We have noticed that several vans switch off their lights. If a victim sees the light from a distance then he or she can shout for help,” said the officer.

Meanwhile,investigations into the case are on in full swing,with the police detaining four suspects whose faces matched with the sketches released late last week. Sources said all four suspects belong to Gurgaon. “We are questioning them,but it is too early to confirm their involvement,” said a source. Around 15 teams of the South Delhi police are working on the case.

On The Road
630
Police Control Room vans
200Motorcycle patrols
PCR vansare equipped with GPS systems,wireless sets and officers with AK-47s

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