If recent crime incidents are any indication, then Noida emerges as one of the most-unsafe places in the National Capital Region.
In 48 hours, an MBA student was gang raped, an 18-year old girl was kidnapped, a man was shot at, another kidnapping attempt was made on a schoolgirl and a Church priest was stabbed in a robbery bid.
One would think the police would be shamefaced after such a spell of crime, but Superintendent of Police (SP) City (Noida) Ashok Kumar Tripathi was busy offering excuses to cover their track record of bad policing.
“Sometimes we are ahead of the criminals, at other times they are. Recently crime is on the rise in the city, but we have managed to solve the gang rape and kidnapping cases within hours of the incident. We manage to deliver results despite limited resources. We have busted several gangs and two criminals were recently killed,” he said.
Tripathi, like his predecessors, however, does not have any explanation for botched investigations that turned cases into blind murder mysteries.
“Significant among others are the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder where the Noida police was quick to declare the Talwar family’s domestic help Hemraj as the killer, only to find his body the next day,” said a former UP government bureaucrat.
The CBI had to step in to tackle the case. But by the time the investigation agency stepped in, golden hours soon after the crime were lost and the murder weapon could not be recovered.
The Nithari serial murder case was also ultimately handed over to the CBI after the Noida police went back and forth with the investigation without any substantial progress. The abduction of Adobe CEO’s son was another case in which the Noida police proved completely ineffectual.
UP bureaucrats said that Noida suffers from frequent transfers of senior police officers on a regular basis.
Former Chief of Special Task Force (STF) of UP Police as well as Former Delhi Police Commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma and now a resident of Noida said: “The officers should be allowed to stay in the area. Here transfers happen every now and then. If an officer is not able to acclimatise with the area, how will he upkeep the law and order of that place?”