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Posted at: Jan 14, 2018, 12:17 AM; last updated: Jan 14, 2018, 12:17 AM (IST)

Theft incidents on rise at city bus stand

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 13

Lack of security arrangements such as security guards and CCTV cameras at the city bus stand has led to a spurt in the number of theft cases there.

A majority of private bus operators alleged that their buses are not safe at night despite paying all charges at the bus stand. Besides, PRTC officials have ordered the closure of the lone public toilet at the bus stand during night hours.

They say they pay Rs 55 for parking their buses at the bus stand at night. The charges are Rs 40 for mini-buses. However, no security arrangements have been made by the authorities.

Harvinder Singh, president of the private bus union, said, “Every month around five to six theft cases are reported in the city bus stand, most of them at night when our buses are parked here, but no concrete steps have been taken to curb them. An LED of a private bus operator was recently stolen from the bus stand.”

Apart from this there has been no gate installed at the entrance of the city bus stand. Besides, the other gates are in a dilapidated condition. One can easily enter the bus stand without any restriction.

Harvinder said they had time and again written to the PRTC to make some security arrangements, but in vain.

Private mini-bus union president Baltej Singh echoed similar sentiments. He said they reported the matter to the police whenever there happened an incident of theft, but they did not lodge a complaint for the reasons best known to them.

Babu Singh Brar, contractor at the bus stand, said there was no clause on security in his agreement with the PRTC. Besides, according to the agreement with the PRTC, they have to pay Rs 22,243 per day to them.

He lamented that he ends up paying for the losses whenever there is a theft at the bus stand.

ASI Jaskaran Singh, bus stand police post in-charge, said, “No theft cases have been reported since I joined here. Though we know that incidents of theft are taking place at the bus stand during night, but nobody came with a complaint yet.”

He confirmed that PRTC hasn’t deployed any security guards at the main entrance gate of the bus stand. PRTC security guards’ duty is restricted to their workshop gate and they don’t bother to make a round of the bus stand.

On the other hand, PRTC GM Surender Singh refuted the allegations of rising theft cases at city bus stand. He claimed that no private bus operator has come up with the theft complaint till date. “I can only take action when I get a complaint.”

He said they would soon be installing CCTV cameras to boost security at the bus stand.


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