Attacks on women walkers had set alarm bells ringing
The whistle-blowing policeman with a baton on a regular beat is a common sight during nights in any town. But the sight of policemen on duty in the wee hours checking autorickshaws and noting down names and numbers of drivers is slightly odd. But these are unusual times in Guntur.
It gets a bit tricky for the police when morning walkers get stalked by unidentified men. The series of attacks on women in desolate areas have many things in common such as the timing of the assault, using heavy stones to hit women, and the stalkers using the ubiquitous autorickshaw.
Startled by the series of attacks, which left an elderly woman dead and a few others in hospital, Superintendent of Police, Guntur Urban, S. Syamsundar, formed special patrol teams in the last week of October to keep vigil on the roads from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Under the new system, each DSP would monitor one sub-division area and would head teams at 27 points identified as key locations. The locations have been set up in such a way that all the escape routes would be shut down in case of an attack.
Each team consists of a constable drawn from the Law & Order wing, a special party constable, and a home guard. The teams would check all incoming and outgoing autorickshaws at traffic junctions. They would note down the names and numbers of the drivers in the age group of 30 years.
Patrolling on the road would be backed by Rakshak vehicles and wireless communication. The drive bore results and the mysterious attacks stopped.
The police have urged people to inform any suspicious movements by strangers.