Hyderabad’s Dirty Harrys
The Vices Control Unit hits the city streets
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.