PCR gets first distress call, drops stranded Mumbai teacher at hotel

In city with her students, she didn't find any vehicle to go back at night after tournament

Days after UT SSP Naunihal Singh issued instructions to constables on Police Control Room (PCR) vehicle duties at night to help the women in the city in reaching home safely, PCR received the first such distress call on Tuesday early morning.

Vidya Shirodkar, a sports teacher who had come with five of her students from Mumbai to participate in Krishna Khaitan Memorial All India Junior Badminton Tournament being held at Panjab University, called up the PCR and sought police help to go to the hotel she was staying in.

"The tournament for which I had come with my students got over late at night. The organisers had not made any arrangements for dropping us at the hotels we were staying in. So, I called the radio cab service but they refused to drop us at that time. They said that no cab was available," Shirodkar told Chandigarh Newsline.

While Shirodkar was looking for a mode of conveyance for her students and herself to go back to their hotels, she reached the university gate number 2. "I looked around for an auto-rickshaw but did not find any," she said. "While I was standing at the gate looking for a mode of transport to reach home, four boys who were passing by came and asked me if I needed help. When I told them the entire situation, those boys advised me to call the police on 100 and ask them to help me out."

Shirodkar said soon after she called the police for help, a PCR was sent to the spot. "Police constables in the PCR vehicle arranged an auto-rickshaw for five students with whom I had come. They reached safely at a hotel in Sector 22 while my son and I were personally dropped by the police personnel in their PCR vehicle at a hotel in Naya Gaon," she said.

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