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A city of inactive police and overactive criminals

india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 00:09 IST
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WANT TO see Bihar in UP? Visit Kanpur, which is fast earning the dubious distinction of becoming one of the most unsafe cities in the State. It’s a city where people are murdered and raped near a police chowki but the cops do nothing. Here criminals virtually call the shots and police are just busy providing security to some VVIP’s.

SSP PC Meena has done precious little to improve the law and order situation in the city. The incident of three murders at Yashodanagar is a testimony to the fact that criminals have no fear of police.

The SSP has been quite unable to make any breakthrough in the ten major cases of loot and murder in the city. His policy of appointing inexperienced officers as the station officers has fallen flat as the traders find themselves at the receiving end of the criminals.

There have been 10 major cases of loot in the past 45 days but the police have done nothing except doing lip service. Had the police made any arrests after the loot the violent incidents at Yashodanagar could have been averted.

Not only the traders but also the city-based industrialists are facing the consequences of a bad law and order situation in the city. Many of them have silently started shifting their industries from Kanpur to Uttaranchal, Himachal, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

State President of Indian Industries Association Tarun Khetrapal says, “About 25 prominent industrialist have shifted their bases to Uttaranchal and more are going to follow suit if the present trend of poor law and order continues. Our product cost increases by 4 per cent due to poor law and order situation. This is because we have to pay ‘goonda tax’ and at times heavy amount to extortionists. We have to spend a lot on the personal security, security of factory, and our family members. All this surely adds to the cost of the product.”

Regarding the steps taken by IIA to ensure safety of the industrialists Khetrapal says, “We have time and again demanded safety from the government but it has opted to provide safety to the rowdy leaders instead of industrialists. We really feel let down.”

President of Kanpur Udyog Vyapar Mandal Nawal Khanna says, “There have been at least ten incidents of loot from traders in the past two months but the police have done nothing. Traders have always been soft target. We have suffered due to the police apathy, as they seldom register our complaints about threats we receive from extortionists. But now we have decided to retaliate and safeguard our interest. We are soon going to come out with a strategy to defend ourselves.” artanupam@gmail.com