Panic buttons to return in DTC buses

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has decided to restart panic buttons all low-floor buses in the fleet, in the aftermath of the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student and the public outcry that followed.

The panic buttons, which had been disconnected last year, were started even as the Transport department was considering new approaches to improving the system.

Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami on Tuesday said the panic buttons on low-floor DTC buses would soon be operational.

"We had decided to stop this some time ago after reports that it was being used by passengers to stop buses in between bus stops. However, we have decided to resume these services to provide more security in public transport," Goswami said.

According to the Transport Minister, a private company had presented an upgraded version of panic buttons.

"In the present system, if the button is pressed, the warning light near the driver is activated. But in the private company's model, the panic button is connected to the fuel system and will bring the bus to a halt immediately," Goswami said.

He said the Transport department was looking at several options available in improving such systems in public transport.

Constable death: File proper response, HC tells cops

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up Delhi Police for not filing a proper response to a plea seeking a CBI probe into Constable Subhash Tomar's death during the anti-rape protest, saying it would summon the Police Commissioner if the policemen do not follow proper protocol in the case.

"You have to file a proper reply in a proper affidavit. This (reply filed by the police) is not acceptable. Perhaps I will have to take some drastic steps. Do you want the Commissioner of Police to stand here with the litigants? I can do that," Justice G P Mittal said. The court's remarks came after the reply on behalf of Delhi Police was filed in the form of a status report by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) S B S Tyagi, instead of the Police Commissioner.

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