GREATER NOIDA: In a special on day, police tied to the wrists of 350 traffic to create awareness on the need to obey the rules while driving on the roads.

The drive was organised at Pari Chowk, Kisan Chowk, Surajpur Chowk, Sector 20, GIP Mall, Sector 71, Noida City Centre etc where, instead of issuing , police tied rakhis on the wrists of traffic violators.

The district police also organised a “Rakhi with Khaki” campaign to ensure that the festival remains a peaceful one. While senior police officers had rakhis tied to their wrists by the local women, Anti-Romeo Squad members in in civil dress kept an eye on markets and bus stops to stop eve-teasing cases.

The campaign, planned by SSP Ajay Pal Sharma, was implemented in three stages I n the first stage, all the station house officers were asked to invite women from their respective area to tie rakhis on their wrists.

SHOs from Kasna, Dadri, Jewar, Jarcha, Bisrakh, Ecotech, sectors 20, 24, 49 etc released photos of women tying the sacred thread on their wrists.

Ashish Shrivastava, SP (rural), said the campaign was aimed at establishing a connection with the people and convey a message. “We should all celebrate the festival together. Since it symbolises brother-sister relationship, we wanted to demonstrate it in the police station to make all the policemen and people realise that it is their promise to provide security to their sisters and also the freedom to walk into the police station any time,” he said.

The traffic police also organised a special drive on this occasion to raise awareness about the rules.

The public information officer of the police department said the drive was planned in a different way so that people realise the importance of traffic rules. “People travel a lot on festival days. So we took the opportunity to run a serious awareness campaign in a friendly way,” the PRO added.

In the third stage of the campaign, the Anti-Romeo Squad was deployed in civil dress at busy markets like sectors 50, 41, 62, GIP Mall, Dadri market along with Morna, Botanical Garden, Surajpur bus stop to prevent harassment cases. Senior police officials said that the cops were posted so that they could handle any mishap even before it occurs. “Youngsters racing bikes without a helmet along with those who were passing comments on the women were warned during the day by the squad members,” said a senior police official.

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