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Cop steps to check crime

Siliguri, Jan. 15: The Siliguri Metropolitan Police have decided to deploy plainclothes policemen, revive “cycle police” and intensify vigil carried out by their vans to check crimes against women.

The move follows yesterday’s incident near Kanchenjungha Stadium in which a 30-year-old woman was allegedly molested by a youth. Pankaj Kundu, 27, a resident of Santinagar near here, was later handed over to the police. He was granted bail today.

“We have decided to intensify the existing patrolling system to prevent crimes against women and other petty crimes. Twenty patrolling vans have been pressed into service for this. These vans will roam the town and remain posted in commercial and domestic areas, particularly in the evenings,” O.G. Pal, deputy commissioner of police of SMP, said.

“Beat patrolling” that was introduced during the summers last year but was stopped soon after will be revived. “Under this system, policemen on bicycles will travel around town and keep an eye,” Pal said.

“Plainclothes policemen will be posted in malls, restaurants, bars and residential areas that are almost deserted in the evenings. The arrangement would be made in Siliguri, Bhaktinagar and Pradhannnagar,” a police officer said.