| Veeranganas demonstrate their skills during the India-Asean car rally flag-down ceremony at Sarusajai stadium on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Dec. 17: City police are planning to deploy Veeranganas — all-women police commandos — to tackle troublemakers during the New Year-eve parties.
The newly raised 100 personnel of the Veernaganas (women warriors), specially trained in martial arts and arms, are likely to be deployed in some of the important places where large crowds gather to welcome the New Year.
A police official said the women commandos would be deployed as part of security arrangements to ensure that nothing untoward takes place during the parties organised in bars, discotheques, hotels and restaurants on the night of December 31.
“The district administration will soon issue guidelines meant for party organisers, and accordingly we will work out a detailed security plan for peaceful conduct of the parties. We are planning to deploy Veeranganas and additional women police personnel to check harassment of women party-goers and keep watch on those creating trouble at parties,” the official said.
Sources said the move was mooted in order to avoid another GS Road-like molestation case, which drew national and international attention and raised questions about security arrangements for women in the city. A young girl was molested by a mob after she came out of the Club Mint bar at Christanbasti on the night of July 9.
“Although we are extra cautious during New Year-eve parties every year, this time some special measures will be taken as far as security of the women party-goers are concerned. As Veeranganas have been raised for the safety of women, we want to deploy them on New Year-eve as hundreds of women visit the bars and restaurants to celebrate the night. We will soon decide the number of women police commandos to be deployed. We will try to deploy some of them in parties while others will be just a call away. Women can dial 100 to call the women cops, in case they face any harassment,” the official said.
City police have already inducted four all-woman police patrol vehicles operational in the four police divisions at Pandu, Panbazar, Chandmari and Dispur.
The squad is headed by an armed sub-inspector and comprises three constables. The patrol vehicles are connected with dial 100 police helpline and responds to any emergency calls, between 5pm and 11pm, related to harassment.
Following the GS Road molestation case, the Kamrup (metro) district administration had asked the bars and discotheques to engage women security personnel or women bouncers to keep the women revellers at bay. But The Telegraph on December 12 had reported that the bar owners have been unable to follow the guidelines because of dearth of women security personnel and there are no women bouncers available here.
However, excise sleuths said they would not allow the party organisers to compromise with security arrangements for women.