It was established as a mega city of the future. But five years down the line, haphazard development and alleged police laxity have made southwest Delhi’s posh Dwarka area one of its least safe.
Ramesh Bareja is one such victim of the lawlessness in the area. The 65-year-old was shot at by three bike borne men in Dwarka’s Sector-14 on Saturday afternoon. The assailants snatched his car, mobile and wallet before they fled.
Bareja took a rickshaw to the nearest police station with the bullet still lodged in his flesh. Reportedly, the police did not register a case initially.
It was only after his relative - a Delhi High Court judge contacted senior Delhi Police officers that a case was registered.
Bareja is not the only one.
“To get an FIR registered, I had to visit the police station five times after my chain was snatched on December 23,” said Aamna Khan (30), who works at an MNC and is a resident of Sector 4.
Till February 28 this year, seven cases of snatching, 17 incidents of burglaries and one robbery has been reported from the sub city spread over an area of 56 square kilometres.
Residents believe that inadequate number of police officers in the area is also to blame.
“As per information released by the DCP’s office in reply to an RTI that I filed in late December last year, the actual number of police officers at each police station is half that of the sanctioned strength,” said Rejimon C.K (37), resident of Nav Sansad Apartments.
A week ago, four flats in the same apartments were burgled but the police did not register any case.
“We are trying our best to improve policing in the area. The residents should help themselves and install safety devices. The police is not a chowkidaar (security guard),” said Ajay Kashyap, joint commissioner of police (southern range).