Scores of policemen patrolling the bylanes of Nehru Nagar have not been seen since a week.
The tens of constables who guarded the gate at Nehru Nagar police station like a fortress, has now reduced to just two.
Police presence has gone down in contrast to what it was a week back when investigations was at its highest to hunt the accused of the alleged rape and murders of minor girls in the area.
The reason cited by officials is the ongoing monsoon session of the state Assembly.
“During the Assembly sessions there are morchas and rallies, which puts a lot of pressure on the policemen as they have to maintain the law and order in their areas,” an official said requesting anonymity.
“Any leniency shown during this time gets blown out of proportion in the Assembly by the Opposition, creating an embarrassing situation for the police,” he added.
Another police official said that in order to find the accused, around 850 police personnel from other police stations were brought in, which reportedly have now reduced by nearly half.
“Many of these policemen have been sent back due to the Assembly,” said a senior police official who did not wished to be named.
The investigation in the case has also come to a standstill, as the officers investigating the cases are busy with their Assembly duties.
The locals who thought they are safe with the presence of the so many policemen in area have started feeling jittery.
“Earlier there used to be a group of policemen posted in our lane, but now there is hardly any one. They just come and go. I feel unsafe as I have two minor daughters at home,” said Saeed Ilahi, a resident of Vatsalatai Nagar.
“It seems the police are satisfied with the solving of just one case. It has taken some pressure off them so they have toned down their efforts too,” said Suman Rao, a local shopkeeper.
However, Police Inspector (administration) Suryakant Sawant of Nehru Nagar police station said, “The magnitude of the investigation is the same. It has not been scaled down.”