With cabs not available on NYE, Bengaluru Police stepped in to drop 100 people home
Bengaluru city saw its dark times last year on New Year's Eve with multiple molestation cases coming into light. With an objective to avoid a similar scenario this year, the city police ensured that the central business district of the city which includes Church Street, Brigade Road and MG Road, witnessed high level security practices with 300 of the 500 additional CCTV cameras installed in these areas.
According to an India Today report, City Police commissioner T Suneel Kumar, said,
With nearly 750 patrolling vehicles, nearly 15,000 police personnel including 1,500 home guards and 1,000 civil defence staff have been positioned to strengthen security.
Whitefield, the central hub for IT in Bengaluru city, had very few cabs available after after late night. On the New Year's Eve, the metro services had been extended till 2am in the city. Since Whitefield area does not have a metro line of its own, Bengaluru Police came to the rescue of the stranded people and dropped up to 100 people home in their police vehicles. In a chat with The News Minute, Deputy Police Commissioner, Bengaluru Central Division, said,
The problem occurred because the cabs come from Bengaluru Central to Whitefield, but the concentration of people was very high in other areas, due to which there was a shortage of cabs in Whitefield. Many people were gathered on the roadside at Mahadevapura, HAL and Marathahalli desperately trying to book cabs and autos. So, we decided to drop these people one by one. Out of 80 vehicles, around 25-30 vehicles were used to drop people. These vehicles made two to three trips each and they were instructed to prioritise women, children and senior citizens in case there were many people to be dropped.
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