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Vandalism not to be tolerated, warns Agarwala

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 17 - No one will be allowed to take the law into their own hands, asserted Guwahati City Police Commissioner Mukesh Agarwala.

Talking to The Assam Tribune today, Agarwala admitted that some persons have developed a tendency of taking the law into their own hands and then resort to vandalism and moral policing. He said such behaviour would not be tolerated and action would be taken against those involved in such activities. The police are also taking the help of TV footage to track down those involved in such acts.

Agarwala revealed that eleven persons have been arrested in connection with the manhandling of a girl in front of a bar in the Zoo-Narengi area of the city. He said further investigations are on and the possibility of a few more arrests cannot be ruled out. Even if the girl was not in the right physical or mental state, no person has the right to manhandle her or take her photographs, he added.

The City Police Commissioner admitted that vandalism has become a major problem for the law enforcing agencies. He pointed out that only recently, a few persons burnt down a water tanker after an accident and those involved were arrested later. In most such cases, those affected are not involved in such vandalism, but some onlookers jump into the fray to create trouble, he added.

Agarwala said night patrolling in the city has been intensified and senior officers are supervising such patrolling. Efforts are also on to cover the lanes and bye-lanes of the city during night patrolling, he said.

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