Un­der­cover cops to keep watch

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranb.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In an ef­fort to pre­vent il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties and en­sure a peace­ful Gan­pati, the po­lice have de­cided to keep all venues un­der sur­veil­lance with cops in civil­ian clothes.

“Spe­cial squads have been formed to roam around in civil­ian clothes dur­ing the fes­ti­val. They will go to man­dals and other crowded places in the city and min­gle with peo­ple. When­ever they find some­thing amiss, they will in­form a se­nior of­fi­cer. Po­lice vans will reach the spot within a few min­utes to do the need­ful,” said Dhan­raj Dayama, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice.

“The sys­tem will help us un­der­stand how gangs in the city work. With th­ese squads on field, we will be able to thwart ter­ror­re­lated and other un­to­ward sit­u­a­tions. If any­one is spot­ted roam­ing around sus­pi­ciously, he or she will be de­tained,” he added.

Sev­eral res­i­dents of Navi Mumbai go to Konkan and other parts of the state dur­ing Gan­pati.

In view of fre­quent in­stances of theft and rob­bery, po­lice have asked res­i­dents to take nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions be­fore leav­ing their homes.

“Res­i­dents should keep their jew­ellery and valu­ables in lock­ers. They should also in­stall steel doors to pre­vent house breakin,” said an of­fi­cer.

“Peo­ple should in­form their neigh­bours when they go out of town. They should leave one light on in their flats,” he sad.

“Cul­prits nor­mally do not tar­get flats when they see lights on through the win­dows. We also ap­peal to all the hous­ing so­ci­eties to in­stall CCTV cam­eras on their premises and hire se­cu­rity guards for their own safety,” he added.

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