NEW DELHI, Aug 22 � Rattled by incidents of attack on women in Guwahati, at least four police squads have been constituted and assigned to patrol the city during the evening hours.
The Superintendents of Police (SSP) have been asked to ensure prompt action to avert the repeat of the controversial GS Road incident.
The new initiative was part of a series of measures taken up after the infamous incident of molestation of a young girl in the city that created country-wide sensation. The State Government has initiated necessary administrative and regulatory measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents including a slew of restrictions on bar timings, minimum age of customers, installation of CCTV cameras among others, Minister of State for Home Affairs M Ramachandran told Jaya Bachchan in a Rajya Sabha reply.
Four police parties have been detailed under as many police divisions of Guwahati for patrolling during evening hours. These patrolling teams have been tasked to give intensive patrolling coverage to all the pubs. All the teams have been given wireless transmission sets and all the SSP has been instructed to attend public calls immediately, without going into territorial jurisdiction, so that victims get immediate help so that similar kinds of incidents could be averted.
The State Government has set up an inquiry committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary to look into the incident and it has submitted its report. A task force headed by Additional DG (CID) as chairman has also been constituted to study the increase in crime rates against women and also the extent of such crimes against women in Assam, the Minister said.
The task force will prepare a comprehensive action plan by outlining the preventive and constructive strategies to take on the rising phenomenon of crime against women. The task force has so far held two sittings, Ramachandran added.