Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on Tuesday launched bicycle patrol scheme to increase police presence in congested areas of the national capital.The minister flagged off the first batch of 65 bicycles allotted to the Eastern Range of Delhi Police in the presence of the Guest of Honour, Shri Manoj Tiwari, MP, Shri Amulya Patnaik, Commissioner of Police and other police officials. Speaking at the event, the MoS expressed his concern over sloganeering by university students, and the sale of drugs by foreign nationals. He asked Delhi police to focus on these two areas.
“College mein students ko behkaya jaa raha hai, anti-India slogans bole jaa rahe hain (Students are being misled in colleges, anti-India slogans are being chanted),” he said. “Foreigners yahan aake drugs ka business karte hain, (drugs) bachchon ko bechte hain, jinhe galat sanskaar diye jaa rahe hai (Foreigners sell drugs here, sell drugs to children, who are picking up a wrong set of values).
The minister stressed on the need to create a database to keep a tab on foreigners. “A database of foreigners should exist; police need to work on that. We have seen how Punjab got ruined, that shouldn’t happen to Delhi,” he said.
“There are certain areas where PCR vans, or even bikes, can’t always be stationed. It’s difficult in congested lanes, so we are launching bicycle patrols. We are beginning with trans-Yamuna area but will extend it to other parts with time. Residents will see a friendly profile of the police,” said Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik.