Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Security has been made almost foolproof in the Mela area. But the police authorities should remember that terrorists won’t come down  straight into the Mela area through an invisible helicopter. They will have to pass through the city.

They may use taxis or also stolen cars with changed numbers so as to appear that they are local cars. And to transport arms and ammunition they might be using those open lorries carrying building material, mostly at the dead of night. They could easily be placing  lethal weapons below the pile of sand or stone chips. Even if the roadside cop is fully alert, he may not think of this trick. Hence one will have to revise the policy of allowing the lorries to move building material at night. Or there must be some checkpoint where the lorry may be made to pass through a metal detector. We cannot take any risk. We cannot also play the fool with the security of the city or the Mela.

It is also  most essential that surveillance of cars be done on a professional basis. Most of these suspicious cars move about freely at night.  And they have been encouraged to do so because the police dispensed with regular night patrolling years ago. Formerly it used to be a regular feature of crime-prevention and crime-control measures adopted to make the city safe; and there was a time when during my morning walks I would encounter these night-patrolling cops who used to wish me from a distance. Cars must now be subjected to severe vigilance . Suspicious characters keep on moving in cars with tinted window panes and there is none to challenge them. The authorities have been telling car owners to remove the black sheets on their window panes. But  the order has been passed with none  seeming to be bothered about whether or not it has been implemented in full in respect of each and every car in the city and those entering the city, especially at night..

 Traffic police has earned the notorious reputation of being a Suvidha-Shulk Collectors’ Brigade. No fear from any quarter has tamed them. We have been appealing repeatedly that the free rides by traffic constables on tempos and buses, taxis should stop. While it may not be easy to track those taking free rides in taxis the cops are visible doing so on a tempo. Why ? Why aren’t they stopped ? These men , when on a tempo, carry a guilty conscience with them. If a  terrorist is sitting by their side, they are bothered not. And the terrorist  feels safe too. Who will suspect that a bad character is sitting next to a cop ? But, thanks to the utter indiscipline among the traffic cops, criminals in many cases could be  travelling in the same tempos in which they are taking a free ride.

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