Saturday, November 03, 2007

Cops' tabs on BPO cabs

Cops' tabs on BPO cabs
DH News Service, Bangalore:
BPO cabs, sporting dark tinted glass, will be under the scanner of the city police as the police plan to undertake a drive against them.

Though there is already a rule regarding ban on tinted glass in all public and private vehicles, the police on Friday reminded the owners of private vehicles about the existing rule.

Speaking to reporters Gopal B Hosur, Joint Commissioner of Police, (Crime) said that private vehicles, especially BPO and call centre cabs, take advantage of the black films on the screens of the vehicles for committing criminal activities.

This reminder from the police came in the wake of BPO and call centre vehicles being detected by North division police, in two cases, in which people were robbed or murdered after taking a lift in unknown vehicles.
Many such cases were reported to the police in the recent past.

In most of the cases, the vehicles involved in the crime serve BPOs or call centres for the transportation of their employees. Many of the drivers of such vehicles are involved in criminal activities, said Mr Hosur. Many of the drivers of these vehicles are owners themselves, he added.

It can be recalled that the City Police had earlier planned to impose a ban on use of tinted glass following the gruesome rape and murder of BPO employee Prathiba in January 2006.

The police advised the citizens not to take lift in unknown vehicles especially in the night. Whitefield, Electronic City and surrounding areas are highly prone to such incidents. Tata Indica, Tata Sumo and Qualis are the vehicles generally used for the purpose, they said.

Police suggested more public transport, especially BMTC buses, serving on these routes in the night would help reduce crime.

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