Hy­der­abad’s Dirty Har­rys

The Vices Con­trol Unit hits the city streets

India Today - - NATION - by Nagesh­wara Rao Thamanam

An in­spec­tor, a sub-in­spec­tor and 18 con­sta­bles, all in their 20s, equipped with pen cam­eras and key chain cam­eras, are pa­trolling the streets of cen­tral Hy­der­abad in mufti, look­ing out for gam­blers, mo­lesters and other mis­cre­ants. Vices Con­trol Unit ( VCU), the new wing of Hy­der­abad Po­lice, is in the news af­ter catch­ing six prom­i­nent busi­ness­men and jewellers gam­bling in Basheerbagh on Septem­ber 3 when they were gam­bling dur­ing Ganesh Chaturthi.

It was Akun Sab­har­wal, DCP (cen­tral zone), who founded the VCU on Au­gust 24. “Our ini­tial idea was to set up a spe­cial team to curb gam­bling. Fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful raids, VCU has been in­sti­tu­tion­alised and given additional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” he says. VCU’S brief cov­ers ob­scene per­for­mances in bars and restau­rants, drink­ing in pub­lic, pros­ti­tu­tion, mo­lesta­tions and traf­fic vi­o­la­tions. “When we catch cul­prits, we record it on cam­era to pre­clude any al­le­ga­tions against us,” says Ma­jid Ali Khan, team leader.

VCU books about 20 cases a day. “More than 500 peo­ple have been ar­rested. We made our pres­ence felt in just two months. We oper­ate in the cen­tral zone of Hy­der­abad. But now, we want VCU to cover the en­tire city,” says Sab­har­wal.

A. PRAB­HAKAR RAO

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