Nearly 15 people were held by the Anti-Romeo squad of the Gautam Buddh Nagar police in Noida on Tuesday, for allegedly harassing women and girls, said officials. Following the instructions of Gautam Buddh Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma, a drive was conducted by a team of officials.
"The squad toured around schools, parks, markets, coaching centres and other public spaces," a police official said.
Fifteen persons were held for making vulgar and indecent gestures at women and girls and action taken against them," he added.
The anti-Romeo squads had earlier on August 23, arrested five people for similar offences. Seven others had been briefly held in Sector 20 police station area, who were released on warning.
According to the police, those held have been charged under Indian Penal Code section 294 (doing obscene acts of singing obscene songs in public space in annoyance to others), the police said.
The 'anti-Romeo squads' are sleuths, both male and female, deployed in public places in plain clothes.
The squad was formed soon after Yogi Adityanath assumed the office of chief minister in Uttar Pradesh last year, to put a check on stalkers and eve-teasers in the state.