The city police will deploy special squads near girls' schools and women's colleges to prevent eve-teasing, according to Commissioner of Police P. Balasubramanian.

Inaugurating the renovated police outpost at Ellis Nagar, the Commissioner said that the police personnel in civvies would also be deployed in important bus stands in the mornings and evenings from June 1. Stringent action would be taken against anyone indulging in eve-teasing, he added.

Mr. Balasubramanian urged the city residents to inform his office about any rowdyism in their area for immediate action. “Specific names could be passed on to my office,” he said.

On the frequent incidents of chain-snatching in the city, the Commissioners said that three of the seven cases had been solved. “Most of them were first-time offenders. We have picked up some suspects for questioning too,” he said.

The police have intensified vehicle check, especially two-wheelers, to prevent chain snatching incidents.

The Deputy Commissioner (Traffic and Law and Order), J. Rajendran, said the city police control room had updated numbers of over 1.5 crore vehicles registered in the State.

“We have got over 50 teams of policemen, including two-wheeler patrol, highway patrol and check posts, who are asked to check at least one vehicle at an interval of every 15 minutes. Besides, the police personnel at the stations were also doing this.

Instead of mere checking the vehicles and the records, we are registering the details of every vehicle checked and these records are verified by the Commissioner,” he added.

On an average around 5,000 vehicles are being checked, he said.

The Commissioner said that the police outpost that was introduced in Ellis Nagar had remained defunct for several years.

Following demands for its need raised by the residents, it was renovated and re-introduced for the benefit of over 1.25 lakh people. Mr. Balasubramanian said all the 43 outposts in the city would be put to use very soon. A total of 27 were now functioning in the city.

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