Police commissioner KK Rao made a surprise visit to the ‘notorious’ mall mile on MG Road on Thursday night and took stock of the security situation there. Rao visited four malls and based on his observation, directed the senior officials to increase night patrolling on the stretch . He also gave orders for deployment of more police personnel in malls.
The top cop interacted with 35 police officers and 18 police control (PCR) van staff deputed along the 1.5 kilometre-long mall mile stretch to improve security arrangements at key spots in the area. Rao said he also directed the station house officers of two police stations — sector 29 and DLF Phase 2 — under whose jurisdiction the area falls, to coordinate and work in shifts to respond quicker in the event of an emergency.
“There is a need to increase patrolling during late hours, especially on weekends. I called on the SHO’S and discussed several security measures, including devising a plan to work in shifts between 8pm and 4am, when maximum incidents of crime and violence are reported,” Rao said.
There was a major issue of encroachment on MG Road, which will be resolved soon, he said.
In plain clothes, the commissioner visited four malls on MG Road, including MGF Metropolitan Mall, where alleged cases of immoral trafficking were recently reported, and found that several clubs were playing music beyond the permissible sound limits.
On August 6, Rao had visited
the MG Road and found ‘illegal’ activities taking place in the night clubs. He had directed his team to take prompt action against anyone indulging in immoral trafficking.
He had planned the surprise visit after he received many complaints from residents saying they do not want visit these malls due to such illegal activities.
Rao said he did not find signs of any such activity this time and has not received any complaints from the residents over the last two months. “I did not find any illegal activity taking place, with the exception of music being played beyond the permissible sound limit. I wanted to be sure that the malls are safe for families to visit . So, I planned surprise visit on Thursday night,” Rao said.
“While I was conducting my reconnaissance, the night clubs reduced the volume of music and people started leaving the mall. It is possible that they got word of my presence. I have asked my teams to ensure proper monitoring of these places,” Rao said.
Rao was out on the road for more than three hours, starting from 11.30pm.
Rao directed Sumit Kuhar, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), crime, to ensure that there is enough police presence at night and barricades are installed at all entry and exit points.
“We are making some changes in the deployment pattern and we will introduce some changes to the night duty system. We are also extending the duty timings of traffic staff from the existing 7.30pm,” Rao said.