Task force charts preventive measures

A task force headed by Union Home Secretary R K Singh has designed a few measures to contain crimes against women, in the aftermath of the gang-rape of a physiotherapy student here. These include mapping of vulnerable bus routes, security verification of the crew of government and private public transport vehicles and shutting down of discotheques by 1 am.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde held separate meetings with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to review the security scenario here.

“We have reviewed the law and order situation in Delhi. Security of common people and women is our prime concern. I have also directed the police to expedite the pending criminal cases,” Shinde told reporters at the North Block. He is expected to reveal more about the decisions taken, at the monthly press conference scheduled on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the task force has asked the Delhi Police and the state government to identify all vulnerable bus routes. Buses plying on such routes must be manned by policemen in plain clothes. Besides, the police should identify all volatile roads used by pedestrians. Such roads should be properly lit, a release by the ministry stated.Besides Singh, the task force comprised representatives of the Delhi Police and the state government.

All discotheques, stand alone or in hotels, must stop playing music by 12:30 am and shut shop by 1:00 am, the task force decided. While reviewing helpline number 100, the home secretary directed that the nearest PCR van should reach the spot.

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