With the Lok Sabha elections around the corner, police security is mainly being used in providing security to politicians and political rallies in the city, besides gearing up for the smooth conduct of the polls. Meanwhile, women, particularly the tourists visiting the holy city, continue to be the target of various crimes.
To make the matters worse, the city, especially the walled city area, where a number of such incidents are reported, lacks electronic surveillance.
The latest instance of crime against women was the incident wherein a woman from Gujarat was robbed by an unidentified person. The woman, identified as Alka Mabhijani, a resident of Ahmedabad, was robbed of some cash and documents that she was carrying with her while on her way to the railway station from the Hall Gate, on a rickshaw. The incident took place at around 6:00 am on Thursday.
The Amritsar city police have booked an unidentified person in this regard under section 382 IPC in a case registered at E Division police station. However, the accused is yet to be identified or arrested. “The accused came on a motorcycle and fled after snatching her bag containing cash and some documents besides a mobile phone. Efforts are being made to identify the accused,” said ASI Sukhdev Singh, of E division police station, who is investigating the matter.
The snatching came close on the heels of another incident reported a few days ago wherein a minor, hailing from Delhi, had alleged an assault by an unidentified auto-rickshaw driver in the city. The girl, who had left her home in Delhi allegedly due to family problems, had come to Amritsar to pay obeisance at the Golden temple
In February, Vidya Maheshwari, hailing from West Mumbai, and her companion Raj Kumari, who were standing near the Sangam Chowk were going to pay obeisance at a temple in the city, were approached by four unidentified persons, including two women, in a car who offered them lift. The accused dropped them at Hussainpura Chowk.
While changing her clothes later that night Vidya Maheshwari found that a couple of her gold bangles were missing,” said ASI Varinder Kumar, in charge, Bus Stand police post. He added that a case in this regard had been registered against two unidentified men and two unidentified women under section 379 IPC at A division police station.
In another case, an NRI couple identified as Joginder Singh and his wife Harbans Kaur, both residents of Malaysia, was robbed by an unidentified woman, who first abducted Harbans Kaur and then snatched gold ornaments and cash from her.
Last year, a 25-year-old Danish researcher was molested at the foot bridge near the Amritsar railway station by an auto rickshaw driver in the first week of September. The auto rickshaw driver was later arrested. In November last, a woman tourist from Delhi was raped by a cop.
When contacted, DCP Bikram Pal Singh Bhatti said that patrolling was being done in the walled city area which presently lacked surveillance. “There is a proposal to install watch towers in the walled city area up to the Golden Temple. Also we plan enlist the persons with criminal background,” he said.