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Crime in the city: It’s a growth story!

Rohit K Singh, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, December 17, 2012
First Published: 13:48 IST(17/12/2012) | Last Updated: 13:55 IST(17/12/2012)

Delayed police action, blatant watering down of crime incidents, reluctance in registration of FIRs and limited presence of cops on the roads -- this is not only a ‘perfect recipe’ for the spurt in crime but also exposes the attitude of the police administration in working out cases.

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As criminals make the most of the fast deteriorating law and order situation amidst sloppy police approach, the common man is more vulnerable than ever before in the state capital.

Sample this: Retired health department employee SN Shukla, 70, who was found dead at his house with his throat slit, had chosen Lucknow over Delhi, Ghaziabad and Bahraich considering it a ‘safe’ city to live in. But on the night of December 3, his belief was shattered when armed robbers stormed into his Talkatora house and decamped with valuables after brutally murdering him.

The police were late in reaching the spot after being informed and even tried to water down the case.

Though the victim’s two sons stay in Delhi and he had property in Bahraich and Ghaziabad, Shukla still opted to stay in Lucknow because he believed that the city police’s response was good and crime was under control here, said his relatives.

Shukla’s family members are now cursing themselves why they allowed him to stay in Lucknow. The kin of several other victims who fell victim to crime in the city feel similar agony and pain of losing their dear ones. But all this has failed to motivate the khaki brigade towards effective policing.

Cops’ lacklustre approach also came to fore in the brutal murder of a retired government college teacher Shyam Sunder Yadav, 64. On November 27, assailants strangulated him to death and robbed valuables worth lakhs after barging into his house in Gudamba’s Kalyanpur locality when he was alone.

The spot examination suggested that somebody familiar to Yadav was involved in the crime. Police, however, have failed to get any breakthrough so far even after 12 days of probe. Cops initially picked up several suspicious persons but released them without properly crosschecking their credentials.

Tactics to conceal crime

Senior police officials may claim 100 per cent registration of FIRs, but it seems their directions are not percolating down to their subordinates. The police station in-charges are applying different tactics to play down crime incidents.

In a glaring example, the PGI police station in-charge AK Pandey initially registered a robbery case at the house of a merchant navy officer, Samuel Dorman, in South City as that of theft.

The case was later altered into a robbery case after intervention of senior police officials when media highlighted the issue. However, there’s been no breakthrough in the case even after a month.

A similar thing happened when a major theft occurred at a tent house in PGI’s Telibagh locality a week ago. Police refused to register FIR claiming it to be a false case.

The didn’t even visit the spot. Two days later, an FIR was registered after the intervention of SSP RK Chaturvedi.

Sloppy investigation

Sanitation worker Sunny Valmiki’s badly decomposed body was found in the Gajariya farm in Gosaiganj on November 4. Preliminary examination suggested that the victim had been murdered and his body was later disposed of in forest area.

Initially, cops did not register FIR of his disappearance and instead asked family members to search for him. The FIR was registered after a week when the victim’s family members approached a senior police official. The police, however, did not make any effort to probe the matter until the victim’s family found the body in the forest area.

The FIR of disappearance was later altered into that of murder and concealment of evidence but still there was no breakthrough in the case.


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