Crime review meeting: Police top brass discuss security inside city buses
New Delhi: With an organised modus operandi, snatchers and pickpocketers are targeting city buses. In a recent crime review meeting, held at Delhi Police headquarters, police visibility near major bus stops in the city was one of the major points of discussion.
Police sources told Millennium Post that the Delhi Police Commissioner took the meeting with DCsP from districts and units. A detailed report regarding police visibility was presented. During bus checking, as many as 103 snatchers and pickpockets were caught.
Sources revealed that two districts caught more accused (North~28 persons, North West~26 persons).
"In 2019, as many as 69,014 buses were checked by police. Nearly 343 bus stops were covered by different teams," said police sources adding that 902 staff were deployed including 40 inspectors for checking the buses. Increasing police visibility and curbing the crime in buses remains the focus of the meeting.
An organised racket
According to investigators in Delhi Police, machine and thekbaaj are the words which are used by pickpocketers for dodging police while committing the crime. The gang leader is called by the name of 'machine' as the person is an expert in pick-pocketing. The leader used to pull out mobiles, wallets from the pockets of the bus passengers very swiftly. "The other associates were termed as "thekbaaj who used to distract the target's mind in the bus by either pushing them or engaging them in talks," added investigators. In most of the cases, the accused persons, after committing the crime, used to drink liquor and consume ganja from the money they used to get from pickpocketing. Further, they used to sell mobile phones to passers-by at cheap rates.
Visibility in University areas
Police sources told Millennium Post that during the meeting between officers discussion were made on the visibility in university areas. Sources said till May, as many as 70 colleges are covered by more than 200 policemen including 18 inspector-rank officers. Over 180 meetings were organised with the faculty staff and 36 anti ragging teams constituted.