Resentment prevailed among locals, including some Congress leaders, after police failed to nab some unidentified youths who fled after threatening a hotelier at Kumharhatti near here on Tuesday night.
On Tuesday night, four youths arrived at Hotel Neelam at Kumharhatti and asked for rooms. After visiting the given room, the accused promised to come back after dinner. Upon their return at 11pm, they asked for a single room, but owner Swaraj Sood refused to assign a single room to four people. One of them brandished a small weapon, like a revolver, and pointed it at Sood.
Three of his accomplices turned to the counter and pulled out their weapons. They later fled towards Dharampur in an Innova bearing the registration number DL 4CS 1180. The hotelier immediately informed Dharampur police, which put up barricades.
However, the youths broke them and moved towards Haryana. Shortly after this, information was passed to Parwanoo police, which deployed seven policemen at the inter-state barriers, which were broken by the accused as they entered Haryana.
The Dharampur station house officer reached the hotel nearly two hours after the crime, in spite of Kumharhatti being situated merely 5 km away from the police station. Police recovered two live cartridges from the hotel.
Meanwhile, Congress leaders, including Ramesh Chauhan, expressing anguish over the style of police functioning, urged the government to immediately initiate stern action against the erring personnel by issuing suspension orders and departmental probe.
A large number of traders and local residents led by Chauhan met superintendent of police Ramesh Chhajta and demanded strict action.
Chhajta said Parwanoo DSP Susheel Sharma had been asked to conduct a probe and submit his report within a week. A case has been registered.