The increasing number of murders in Jaipur has raised serious questions about the competence of the city’s law enforcing agencies.
Four murders have been reported in the city since February 28, three of which remain unsolved. The cases have also highlighted the increasing number of intra-familial crimes arising from disputes in the past.
A day after a man was arrested by Sodala authorities for killing his father-in-law’s brother, a woman was found murdered in an area falling under the jurisdiction of the same police station.
“Some residents were concerned after their domestic help, Sharbani Barman from Bengal, didn’t turn up for a couple of days. When they reached Barman’s house, they found her body. A preliminary investigation has revealed that she was strangled on Tuesday night,” said Sodala station house officer Sunil Prasad Sharma.
“Her husband – who is absconding – is a suspect, and it’s possible that he took their five-year-old daughter along with him,” Sharma added.
A watchman, identified as Kanaram, was also found murdered in Kardhani area on Thursday morning. The police, who are yet to arrest anybody in this connection, said he was guarding a warehouse at the time of his death.
The fourth case that remains to be cracked pertains to Manoj Monga, a property dealer who was shot in broad daylight near Sanganer on February 28. Many other murders – such as the killing of a woman in Muhana on February 18 – also await resolution.
“The entire legal framework of the state is in a very bad state, with murders and rapes occurring every day. There is an immediate need for the chief minister and home minister to chalk out a new roadmap for fighting crime,” said district Congress president Pratap Singh Khachariawas.
Khachariawas said the police’s “morale was hit” after Narendra Meghwal, the husband of BJP MLA Chandrakanta Meghwal, allegedly assaulted a police officer for issuing a challan to a party worker in Kota a few months ago. “That is another reason for the increasing number of crimes here,” he added.
However, additional commissioner of police (crime) Prafulla Kumar told HT that the accused have been traced in most cases. “Most of the recent murders were a result of intra-familial rivalry. We have traced many of the accused and solved several cases. We are committed to better policing, and are taking strict measures to check such cases in the future,” he said.