Three unknown miscreants were on a looting spree in Indore for past two days, triggering fear and insecurity among the people and putting a question mark on the competence of police, who have failed to trace them more than 48 hours after the incident.
The miscreants have been involved in at least three loot incidents in Indore and one in Ujjain.
It started on Tuesday afternoon at around 3.30 pm when the three miscreants looted an Alto Car (MP20FA 2712) at gun-point and fled towards Ujjain through Dewas.
At around 10.30 pm in Ujjain, the same three miscreants tried to crush an ASI Suresh Chandra Mishra with their stolen car, but he managed to escape with his life.
But the miscreants looted his service revolver at Palkhanda area of Ujjain.
Police swung into action after the incident and cordoned off the whole area.
At around 11 pm when they found themselves trapped, they left the car and looted a bike from Vishnu Nanglal in Ujjain.
When Vishnu and his friend resisted they opened fire and stabbed Ishawar, Vishnu’s friend, and escaped with the bike.
On Wednesday evening, the same miscreants looted an Ola cab at gun-point and left behind the bike at super corridor under Aerodrome police station area. They also looted the mobile phone and wallet of the driver at around 8.30 pm.
The driver reached the police station and lodged a complaint at around 10 pm. Police swung into action and located the car with the help of GPRS of Ola cab near Aurobindo Hospital.
By this time, DIG Rakesh Gupta himself took charge of the operation and rushed force to the Aurobindo Hospital.
Unfortunately, since the GPRS signal is 20 minutes delayed, by the time the force reached the hospital, the miscreants had left the area.
Police were also disadvantaged by the fact that the miscreants had removed the Ola sticker and also the number plate, so it was not possible to identify the car.
The police followed the trail of the stolen Ola cab along MR 10 from where it finally reached Bombay hospital at around 11 pm.
From here the car reached Bengali square and went along the ring road.
The top police officials including DIG, the two SPs, three ASPs and TI of about half-a-dozen police station came on city roads to nab the miscreants, but in vain.
Timeline of the robberies
Tuesday 3.30 pm: Three miscreants looted a car at gun-point near a hospital at bypass under Khajarna police station area. The car was of Hemant Vishwakarma, a resident of Rajasthan.
Tuesday 10 pm: After looting an Alto car, they moved towards Ujjain via Dewas. At around 10 pm , they tried to crush ASI Suresh Chandra Mishra at Palkhanda area on Dewas Road Ujjain. The ASI was on duty. He managed to escape, but the miscreants overpowered him and looted his service revolver. They fled away from the spot.
Tuesday 11.15 pm: After snatching the revolver, they started moving towards Indore, but then realised that they were cordoned off by the police. They left the car and started moving on foot. They then stopped Vishby and his friend Ishwar at Shani Mandir on Ujjain road looted the bike. One of the miscreants opened fire,while the other stabbed Ishwar, who sustained serious injuries. They fled away towards Indore.
Wednesday 8.15 pm : They located an Ola cab at super corridor. The driver was answering nature’s call when they overpowered him at gun-point and looted the cab. They also snatched mobile phone of the driver.
Wednesday 10 pm : The shocked driver reached Aerodrome police station and lodged a complaint. Police located the vehicle was located near Aruobindo Hospital. Till then the miscreants had removed the OLA stickers and number plate of the cab.
Wednesday 10.30 pm: Police swung into action.
Wednesday 11 pm: The miscreants left the car just in front of DAVV and managed to flee in different direction. A combing operation was conducted whole night but in vain.