Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi on Friday night conducted a surprise inspection and was shocked to find that there were no police personnel on the roads or in public places in the union territory.
Bedi conducted this inspection with a woman employee of the Raj Nivas. She wanted to make sure that there is enough safety for women in Puducherry at night, reported The Times of India. She inspected areas like Anna Salai and New Bus in the union territory.
She has asked director general of police to initiate new measures to prevent crime from Saturday. Kiran Bedi told ToI that the union territory looked safe but there was not a single policeman on the roads. She also mentioned that there were several triple riders who were over-speeding. Moreover, there were also noisy bikes without silencers, she said. She assured that certain measure will be taken to improve night time security.
Reportedly, she has asked the director general of police and superintendent of police to start motorcycle patrolling mainly between 11pm and 4am. She asked the police to keep a check on bus stands, railway station and cinema theatres.
She also asked the police officers to make sure that police personnel who are on duty at night, answering calls from the public. Mobile police patrolling teams should be in place to prevent crimes, she said
She grabbed praises on Twitter for her move but some even pointed out that neither the Lieutenant Governor nor the woman who was driving the two-wheeler wore a helmet. However, Kiran Bedi responded by saying that "not wearing helmet was a careful choice" as they wanted to appear vulnerable and see how women driving at night are looked at.
Isn't it funny ma'am? ..while riding bicycle you are using helmet and no helmet on bike!!â€” rahul verma (@rahulverma2112) August 19, 2017
Very nice.. without helmet.. keep goingâ€” Marwari (@MarwariChoro) August 19, 2017
A clip of Night Round done 'incognito' to check how safe was it for women++during late night hours.â€” Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) August 19, 2017
Helped identify areas for improvement.. pic.twitter.com/1BeMsL1JQX