Citizens, the first line of defence

November 29, 2008
Homeland Security News
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The death toll in Delhi’s September blasts would have been much higher if a ragpicker hadn’t done his bit to help the police. As news of the bomb
attacks spread, 30-year-old Kundan, who was near Regal theatre in Connaught Place noticed a bomb inside a garbage bin. He immediately alerted the beat constable, who in turn informed the bomb disposal squad.

Kundan and his friend Krishna saved dozens of lives that eventful Saturday. Both are part of the Delhi Police’s Eyes and Ears scheme, which includes ragpickers, roadside vendors, rickshawallahs and many others. All of them are meant to keep the police informed about suspicious activity in the areas they live and work. (Time of India)