Tiger Mobile jawans keep vigil at Jubilee Park on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The pride of Jamshedpur, Jubilee Park, will reclaim its family-friendly tag with a roar.
Following a report published in The Telegraph on September 4 about the centrally-located park turning into a safe haven for drunkards and cough syrup addicts, city police stepped up vigil at Jubilee Park from Tuesday.
Armed with AK-47 rifles and carbines, bike-borne Tiger Mobile jawans were stationed at the park after sundown till 10pm, especially in dimly-lit areas. This will be the norm from now.
Earlier, these men used to monitor the park randomly from 6am to 10pm when the gates were open for public.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jacinta Kerketta has directed two pairs of bike-borne jawans to be at the 237-acre lung after dusk and also pay surprise visits.
“Since it is a huge area, one team will keep tabs on the Garden and Rose Corner area, while another will monitor the Jayanti Sarovar-end.
Besides, four police personnel will be deputed at the two entrance gates of the park. Patrolling teams from Sakchi police station have also been asked to visit Jubilee Park regularly after daytime.
Speaking to The Telegraph, DSP Kerketta said the security issue was discussed at a crime meeting last week, wherein it was decided to deploy Tiger Mobile jawans in such a manner that they could patrol the length and breadth of the park after sunset.
Kerketta admitted that empty liquor bottles and cough syrup containers had been found on Jubilee Park premises during a surprise inspection.
Located between Sakchi and Bistupur, the park sees thousands of visitors everyday, mostly families with children and young couples.
The DSP said security of visitors was the key factor. “The vigil has been intensified so that mischief-mongers can be kept out and the masses, including women and children, can feel safe,” Kerketta added.