Unlike the previous years, the Ghaziabad police was successful in nabbing some of the most notorious criminals, but there was no let-up in petty crimes cases, which pose a huge problem to residents across the city.
The only major achievement of the Ghaziabad police in 2015 was the arrest of some of the major gangsters involved in robberies, extortion, murders and dacoities.
The police also had to be involved in several encounters to arrest dreaded criminals who were part of gangs run by gangsters Mukeem Kala, Harendra Khadkhadi, Sanjeev Jaat, Amit Sail and Vishwas Bhadora, among others.
But when it came to crimes against women, snatching and molestation, 2015 was no different from the previous years -- it more or less saw the same number of cases under all these categories. The number burglaries and vehicle thefts also failed to go down in 2015.
Till November this year, Ghaziabad police has registered 8,204 cases under the IPC as against 9819 cases in 2014. The city police fared poorly in the categories vehicle thefts, rapes and dowry deaths.
A total of 1,637 were arrested for possessing illegal arms while 430 were booked under the Goonda Act and 416 under the Gangster Act.
The only department which could boast of a good year was the excise. It recovered nearly 2,30,904 bottles of smuggled liquor and arrested a total of 10,294 persons in connection with liquor smuggling.
“The residents continue to suffer at the hands of robbers, chain snatchers and other petty criminals who roam around at will. There is hardly any deterrence or fear in their minds. There have been instances where chain-snatchers have fired on victims. Women are fearful of venturing out after dark,” said Alok Kumar, member of federation of apartment owners’ association, Indirapuram.
“In case of a vehicle theft, the victim has to run pillar to post to get the case registered. It is generally seen that if a victim knows someone influential, his voice is heard immediately. Apart from dealing strictly with criminals, the police should also adopt a resident -friendly approach,” Kumar said.
“The police checking points are known to criminals and they avoid it. The police should conduct surprise checks to overcome this. Further, the police should deploy personnel in plainclothes in markets and near colleges to nab petty criminals who also indulge in crimes against women,” said Vikrant Sharma, a lawyer.
Residents said the majority of the population in Ghaziabad is working class and hardly finds time to visit a police station or meet a police officer with his/her problems.
“There should be a designated police nodal officer who is available even in case of holidays to listen to issues or complaints. This is needed many residents find time only on weekends,” said Nishant Sinha, a Kavi Nagar resident.
The residents in new areas like Raj Nagar Extension have also come up with suggestions to put in place a dedicated police post in their areas.