After the gruesome gangrape in Bulandshahr, the Uttar Pradesh police are busy preparing a new blueprint for highway security in the state, as per Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's instructions.
As an immediate measure, the department has decided to depute the Inspector General of Police (IG), along with DIGs, to supervise the overall security of the highways.
The plan is still in the pipeline. The vigil, for now, will be carried out using available resources. Police teams will be deployed and CCTV cameras will be installed at sensitive points. According to the Director General of Police Javeed Ahmad, over-speeding will be checked and police vehicles will be fitted with ultra modern cameras. Police checking done on highways will be captured on camera, so that allegations of police misbehaviour can be avoided.
According to IG (Law and Order) Hariram Sharma, police are identifying sensitive points on various highways of the state and temporary checkposts will soon come up at these places to ensure security of passengers. Vacant posts in all the police stations, which fall along the national and state highways, will be filled soon. But there are no plans for new police stations.
Wireless system will be strengthened on highways. If police stations have two vehicles, one will be deployed on highways. Special focus will be on various toll points where sub-inspectors, along with their subordinates, will keep an eye on suspects. District magistrates and superintendent of police of respective districts will ensure proper lighting and other facilities. They will also monitor the situation by holding frequent meetings.
Super sensitive highways, which include NH 2 (Kanpur to Chandauli), NH 24 (Ghaziabad to Lucknow), NH 91 (Ghaziabad to Kanpur) and NH 93 (Agra to Moradabad), will be under special surveillance of the police.