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?where the elderly live in fear

india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 00:26 IST

TRANS-GOMTI AREA has turned into an easy target for miscreants. They strike at will hitting senior citizens in particular. The cops were yet to crack the case of the sensational killing of retired Gulab Chand Singh and his wife Sarswati in Indira Nagar on Friday when another old couple in Chinhat were done to death.

Indira Nagar has been most vulnerable for heinous crimes laying bare the inefficiency of the Ghazipur police. Four senior citizens have fallen prey to the killers since July. Cops worked out the cases somehow but never kept tab on criminals’ gang active in the area.    An additional SP (ASP), who had been posted as SP (trans-Gomti) area earlier, spoke about the laidback attitude of the Ghazipur police on condition of anonymity.  This ASP had submitted a report before the then SSP Lucknow referring to the root-cause behind spiraling crime graph in various sectors and blocks of Indira Nagar Colony. He had intimated the SSP that none of the SOs had ever carried out the exercise of identifying vulnerable sectors in the colony.

There are odd bylanes connecting different blocks of the colony and the local police station does not have enough force to depute cops on picket duty on all crossings. The ASP had suggested that to deal with the movement of the criminals it was necessary to identify the bylanes connecting the entry and exit points of the colony. 

The ASP requested SSP to issue directives to COs and Sos to carry out an exercise and then assign the jobs of patrolling and picket duty to the SIs and constables.  But, the police chief  snubbed him for trying to teach his senior the basics of policing.