Residents of cooperative group housing societies in Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension have expressed their gratitude to Deepak Kumar, SHO of Mayur Vihar, for launching a special drive against anti-social elements in the area.
Kumar took charge as SHO of Mayur Vihar in January and launched the drive against snatchers. He says, “Soon after I took charge, I held a meeting with residents in this area. They pointed out that frequent incidents of snatching was one of the major issues. Therefore, I deployed police personnel in civil dress so that snatchers won’t be able to recognise them. The plan worked. After two-three arrests, a kind of fear seems to have developed in their minds that we are keeping a close watch on their activities.”
Incidents of snatching had become a daily nuisance in many areas near housing societies. In the past few years, the road from Glaxo Apartments to Samachar Apartments and from Samachar Apartments to Rosewood Apartments witnessed several incidents of snatching.
Purusottam Das Bhatt, president of United India Apartments, says, “We have been complaining about snatching incidents to the police. As the news of police presence in civil dress spread, outsiders who used to be roaming around are not seen anymore. I appreciate the new SHO’s steps against snatchers.”
Ratan Lal Gupta, managing committee member of Vardhman Apartments, says, “I believe that the operation has been successful in creating fear in the minds of snatchers. We hope that this operation continues.”
City Spidey had reported about two months ago that five mobile phones were snatched from different residents within one hour. Two bike-borne snatchers had snatched from a resident of Vardhaman Apartments despite the presence of two PCR vans and five police personnel in the vicinity.
“Any plan against criminals can become successful only when the public cooperates. Residents of Mayur Vihar, especially those in housing societies, were very active and came up with their own ideas. Many retired police officials are staying in these housing societies. So they understand our problems too and supported us," adds Kumar.