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Ahmedabad cops will soon get new bikes to chase criminals

Thursday, 31 January 2013 - 4:17pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

Police commissioner SK Saikia announces slew of measures to curb robbery menace.

Prashant Thakor
After the recent looting spree by bike-borne robbers across the city, the police department has swung into action and decided to provide newer and faster bikes to policemen, so that they can chase the criminals having immense riding ability.
Giving details about the plan to curb the menace of robbers in the city, commissioner of police SK Saikia said that the process of procuring new bikes has already been initiated.
“We’ve already initiated the process to place order for newer and faster bikes for our men, so that they can chase the robbers whenever required. We are also planning to give petrol allowance to those policemen who use their own bikes during duty hours,” the commissioner stated.
A few years ago, city cops were given Bajaj Pulsar bikes. However, a majority of these bikes have become non-functional or are in a bad condition.      
Saikia also announced that traffic police will be given bikes with siren, which will be placed at several strategic locations across the city. “Bike with sirens can be useful while chasing robbers on bike. As soon as we learn about the location of these robbers on the road, the nearest traffic cop can use that bike and start the chase,” Saikia said.
Saikia also spoke about the long-awaited CCTV project, which will enhance the security cover for the city. “In the first phase, 100 different spots of the city, including 60 entry points, will be covered with CCTV cameras. In the later stage, cameras will be installed in interior parts of the city, including narrow streets, BRTS junctions and offices,” explained Saikia. He also announced that 250 police vehicles, including 80 PCR vans, will be equipped with GPS system for better communication.
According to the police chief, the recent robberies have been committed by two different types of gangs, one from the city and another from outside. “City-based gangs usually hail from Kubernagar and Sardarnagar area. They are usually involved in chain-snatching and don’t use firearms. Gangs from other states come prepared with guns, like in Vastrapur loot. We have already started our crackdown on these gangs,” said Saikia.

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