Before Republic Day, Delhi police on Friday introduced 50 volunteers who will be their “eyes and ears” in the busy Sarojini Nagar market area to deal with terrorist threats, officials said. Listed in the “police service program,” these volunteers are mostly traders and workers at the Sarojini Nagar market and will keep an eye on any suspicious activity, they said.
In the event of a terrorist attack, the group allegedly helped other shopkeepers to evacuate the market place. Volunteers are familiar with the corners of the market and are familiar with the entry and exit points. They are also responsible for safety at festivals, said Ingit Pratap Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest).
Volunteers would be provided with a jacket and badge that would make it easy for police to identify them during an emergency, he said.
“Sarojini Nagar is one of the most vulnerable places. There was a bomb in 2005. Volunteers patrol the market during rush hour with staff from the Sarojini Nagar Police Station and will help prevent pickpocketing, bag lifting and petty theft in the market. “They monitor suspicious activity and increase the sense of security among customers visiting Sarojini Nagar’s market,” Singh said.
The volunteers’ backgrounds were thoroughly checked before they could join the team, the DCP said.
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- Inserted into the police service program, these volunteers are mostly shopkeepers and workers from the Sarojini Nagar market and will keep an eye on any suspicious activity, they said. In the event of a terrorist attack, the group would help other shopkeepers to evacuate the market place.
- 50 volunteers introduced to serve as Delhi police “eyes and ears” at Sarojini Nagar market