West Godavari: The Disha mobile app, launched by the Andhra Pradesh government, buzzed for the first time with a distress alert from a woman on 11 February.
The Three Town Police station in West Godavari received the alert. The woman, a government employee, was travelling in a bus from Vizag to Vijayawada when she was allegedly harassed by a 43-year-old professor from Visakhapatnam. She immediately sent an SOS using the mobile app. The accused, Kalothu Basavaiah who is an assistant-professor at Andhra University, was taken into custody by Eluru town police.
Eluru DSP O. Dileep Kiran said the woman made a call through Disha SOS app around 4.21 a.m. The call reached Mangalagiri and was forwarded to the Three Town Police station immediately. Within six minutes, the night patrolling staff intercepted the bus and caught the culprit around 4.27 a.m, the DSP said. A case was booked against Basavaiah under Section 354(A) at Eluru Three Town police station. He was later transferred to Pedapadu police station.  
DGP Gautam Sawang apprised Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy about the incident and told him how police had been able to respond quickly because of the Disha app. Jagan appreciated the effort of the police team.
The state government, meanwhile, has allotted Rs 47.93 crore as additional funds towards the Disha scheme. A government order to this effect has been issued.

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