Bus stop at centre of Delhi gangrape was in police list of ‘blind spots’

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As many as 1,437 dark spots across city; police ask BSES and PWD to provide streetlights

The DDA flats bus stop in Munirka was marked as a "blind spot" in a survey conducted by Delhi Police to check security status of the city. This is where the 23-year-old paramedic student and her friend, a 28-year-old engineer, had boarded a Whiteline chartered bus. The two were tortured and the woman gangraped by six men on Sunday night, as the bus was driven to Mahipalpur where the two were dumped.

Police have approached BSES and PWD to provide proper streetlighting in such "blind spots". Police plan to meet power and PWD officials in the next few days.

On the basis of the survey, a total of 1,437 dark spots were identified by police. Each police station submitted 10 to 15 spots from its area where poor lighting gave criminals an advantage. A letter, informing them about the survey was sent to BSES and PWD by Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dharmender Kumar.

Later, a meeting was held between officials of BSES and Crime Branch. Power officials were asked to repair streetlights on the roads.

Sources in police said street crimes like snatching and pickpocketing in such "blind spots" were common. "It is no surprise that most street crimes happen in dark places. The spot where the couple was thrown off the bus was also not well-lit. The streetlights on the flyover of NH-8 were not enough to light up the slip road too. The rapists used this to their advantage and dumped the woman and her friend," an officer said.

The PWD has been asked to put up electricity poles with the help of BSES. "We will ask them to expedite the process. This can help us in reducing street crimes. PCR vans will also be able to spot any suspicious activity from a distance if there is proper lighting," the officer said.

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