In Amritsar, cops fail to check increasing crime

  • Aseem Bassi, None, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2015 21:24 IST

Increasing crimes and no breakthrough in cases have reduced the local police to a mute spectator.

Even as the city has witnessed a sudden surge in the crime rate in the past few months, clueless cops groping in the dark and have failed miserably in cracking even a single case.

Although snatching incidents remained a thorn in the cops’ flesh, incidents of carjacking at gunpoint have been no less worry some for them.

In the past one month, miscreants have made the city a happy hunting ground, while the police commissionerate, which is packed with adequate force and resources, is yet to strike back.

An Innova car of a BJP leader was snatched in Rattan Singh Chowk area at gunpoint on June 25. Even as police were scratching their heads to locate the vehicle, a Mitsubishi Pajero of an Akali leader was snatched in plush Ranjit Avenue area on June 30. This time also the crime was executed at gunpoint and three armed accused threw the driver out of the vehicle, before speeding away.

Police made knee-jerk reaction and top cops held a series of meetings, but in vain — as both the SUV’s are yet to be traced.
Though it wasn’t enough, unidentified person opened fire at the car of BJP leader Anil Mehra a couple of days back. Although Mehra was not at home, the incident left many panicked and the car damaged.

Even as the cops during the scanning of CCTV camera footage spotted an armed person fleeing the scene after the crime, the case remained untraced thus far.

The Amritsar police seem to have virtually surrendered themselves to snatching incidents. They are yet to make any breakthrough in the case wherein a schoolteacher, who fought valiantly with snatchers near Lawrence Road. She even got her leg fractured in the incident.

Endless crimes have taken place in the city in the past few days, but the cops have not been able to trace any of them.

Police have erected beat boxes in the city, but hardly any cop is found sitting there.

Although police are holding regular meeting with residents and asking them to install CCTV cameras, the government itself has no answer to the announcement made by the Amritsar Improvement Trust regarding installation of CCTV cameras in the city.

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