The Delhi Police on Wednesday launched 15 special teams named “Prakhar” to crack down on snatchings across the capital.
Each team, including a woman officer and a policeman carrying an MP5 submachine gun or an INSAS rifle, will move around in a Mahindra Scorpio in zones marked crime-prone and only respond to calls related to street crimes — like snatchings and robberies. The unit will work in close coordination with police control room (PCR) vans.
DCP PRO Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that the hotspots for street crimes in each district were identified during the crimemapping exercise conducted last year. “Prakhar vans are different from PCR vans as they carry more firepower and are equipped with better communication systems. Their role is primarily to prevent street crimes and robberies,” he added.
The woman officer in the Prakhar van will be trained in counselling a snatching victim and recording their statement. The unit will directly report to the district PCR unit, but can be deployed in vulnerable areas with orders from the area DCP. The team will also work in coordination with the district special staff and anti-snatching squads, which will alert them about the movement of criminals in the area.