It seems Lucknow police has taken cue from famous crime series anchor’s punch line, “Chain se sona hai toh jaag jaayiye” that on the directive of SSP Manzil Saini they have begun hitting streets of Lucknow past midnight with a special mission — to check four-wheelers. The drive an everday affair for the past four to five days comes as a sign of relief for the citizens in the state capital all the more after IG A Satish Ganesh had found most of the circle officers unresponsive to his wireless set message to track a white car coming from Rae Bareli about a week back.
A checking drive carried out late on Saturday night beginning midnight and continuing until 2am left an interesting statistics. Call it a lesson from the past or a SSP Manzil Saini’s style of functioning on crime front, the police checked around 2010 four-wheelers at 51 spots throughout the city on Saturday night. That’s not all. The police in total challaned 91 vehicles, seized 7 vehicles and stripped black film from the window panes of at least 10 vehicles.
Keeping in mind the success of the drive, the SSP orders her subordinates to change the time of the checking drive every day. While some day it is between 12 midnight and 2 am on other days it is between 2 and 4 am. Interestingly, time between 2am and 4 am is the time when maximum people have sound sleep. That is also the time when criminals get more active in the time span, a police officer said.
During the day time, the focus is on checking two-wheelers as it is during this time that maximum incidents of chain-snatching are reported. Ever since the new SSP kept her focus on chain snatchers, the incidents have cut down to half.
About the focus of checking on four-wheelers in night, the SSP said that such checking drives demoralises the criminals besides it helps in keeping rash driving and drunken driving also in check. Adding to it, such drives in the night send a comforting message among the citizens that the police is on the prowl, alert and active.
Right from ASPs to DySPs, all the police officials have been asked to make checking drive effective during night.