Taking a cue from the anti-Romeo squads of UP Police, Haryana Police has launched “Operation Durga” in full swing with several youths being rounded up for allegedly harassing girls in several districts over the last two days.
The Flying Squad of the chief minister launched the campaign on Wednesday which continued through Thursday and resulted in 23 people being nabbed. The Haryana police has registered nine criminal cases, including three each at Panipat and Gurgaon and one each at Bhiwani, Sirsa and Fatehabad. Police said that the teams have conducted raids at 41 places, including schools, colleges, bus stands and railway stations, and arrested 107 people. Others were warned to be careful in future and were released after their parents gave assurance in writing.
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Sounding serious about checking eve-teasing, even the CM’s flying squad two days ago rounded up seven students from outside Nehru College in Jhajjar. Police said that the students were harassing women and let off with a warning. However, Navin, a final year BA student at Nehru College who was rounded up, said: “I had parked my bike on the road when suddenly policemen came and accused me of harassing girls. I showed my I-card and told them that I was not loitering around. I was taken to the police station and was asked to call my family members. After several hours I was allowed to leave,” he said. Sunil, another student, said: “Policemen took me to the police station, saying you harass girls. I was let off after several hours.” SP Jhajjar B Satheesh Balan rubbished their claims. “Since they were let off they are making such claims,” he said.