Saharanpur: While actions of many anti-romeo squads are questionable, such units in this division have done nothing against the letter and spirit of the Adiyanath government in Uttar Pradesh , going by the statement of Director General of Police Jitendra Kumar Shahi.
Talking to media persons here on Wednesday, he said only habitual offenders were punished and all others were left off with warning in cases of eve-teasing.
"Police took action against only those who were seen standing in front of a girls' college and passing lewd comments the second or third day", he clarified.
Groups of young men which stood outside such colleges and other busy areas were video-recorded and those who were found to be present the next day at the same spot were questioned. Those who gave satisfactory reply for presence in the region were let off soon.
He disclosed that as many as 500 such persons were questioned till date and action was taken against only 17 of them. This clearly demonstrates that the police men in the division have not been overzealous and have gone by the spirit of the law.
The anti-romeo squads in other parts of the state, however, have behaved differently and caused unnecessary harassment to young boys so much so that chief minister Adityanath Yogi had to intervene and warn them against overreach.