The ‘anti-Romeo drive’ in Uttar Pradesh is in full swing, and no one is being spared by the authorities. They are raiding each and every corner of the state to nab the ‘Romeos’ on the loose. 


On March 24, the UP police conducted the ‘anti-Romeo’ drive near the Taj Mahal at Mehtab Bagh. According to reports, the police questioned tourists as well as young couples spotted at this location opposite to Taj Mahal across the river Yamuna. 


The Archaeological Survey of India has criticised this move saying that such ‘unauthorised’ move will create a negative image for such a historical monument, though it also stated that this police action does not amuse them, reported a leading national daily.


About five to six policemen arrived at the monument in the morning around 9:30 am in a jeep and started questioning tourists and others present at the location without informing the ASI, the Times of India quoted an ASI official as saying who was posted at the monument when the drive was conducted.  The official further added that this interference at the centrally protected monument is ‘uncalled for’.


Such sudden questioning at a tourist spot can create unnecessary panic. ASI has its security guards who are in continuous vigil, and any suspicious issue is reported to the police when required. About the incident, a report will be submitted to ASI senior officials, the report quoted of official as saying.


Meanwhile, the station officer of Intimad-ud-Daulah has claimed that it was not an ‘anti-Romeo’ drive but a routine visit to check and review safety and security measures of the monument that draws a huge number of visitors.