All agencies that provide cars to IT and ITeS companies in Salt Lake will have to furnish details of their drivers and make of vehicles to the police. The Tata Sumo in which the girl was raped belonged to an IT company. Kankar Prasad Barui, Deputy Commissioner of the Detective Department, said: “Seeking details of the drivers and cars is one of the few important steps that have been taken to ensure safety and security of women in Salt Lake.”
There are several agencies providing cars to IT and ITeS companies to pick up and drop of their employees. To make some easy and fast money, some of the car drivers operate on different routes other than Salt Lake, besides dropping employees of the company that hired the vehicles.
There are mainly three shifts in these companies and the cars are required to take the employees up to their destination only after the end of a shift. Thus, they get ample time in between two shifts and they utilise the time in taking passengers on shuttle basis. This is where chances of committing crimes go up.
The drivers cannot misbehave or attack an employee of the company that hired the car, as they will get caught easily. But they can cause harm to an unknown person taking lift in their cars, as was the case in the Salt Lake gang-rape.
Chances of crimes by drivers of these cars will go down once they will submit their details with the police, as it would play in their minds that they would get caught easily as their whereabouts are available with the police, said a police officer.
The car providers will have to produce the registration number of the cars, smart cards and insurance certificate.
At the same time they will have to clearly provide the names, addresses, phone numbers and driving licences of the respective drivers of the cars. They also have to mention the names of the companies that have hired the cars. There will be a set of officers to keep track whether the car operators have provided details of all their drivers and cars.
Strict legal action will be taken if details of any of the cars and their drivers are not submitted to the police.
At the same time, the police have decided to urge the owners or residents of the high-rises and important buildings in Salt Lake to install at least one surveillance camera outside their premises. It will cover the pavements and some portion of the roads and help in easy detection of a crime.
At present there are surveillance cameras installed by civic agencies at the intersections of roads. “More number of surveillance cameras are always better,” said a police officer, adding that the owners and residents can install such cameras inside their homes as well for security.
Salt Lake is a locality in Kolkata where many IT offices remain operational day and night. All companies do not provide cabs to pick up and drop of their employees.
Many young employees are hence forced to wait to get a car to return home after office late at night.
Officers-in-charge of the local police stations have also been given directions to intensify patrolling at night.
Directions have been given to night patrolling parties to keep a watch for vehicles hired by IT and
ITeS companies whether they are operating on a shuttle basis.