Even as night policing is in place, still anti-social elements are striking at will. On Wednesday miscreants opened fire at two Uttar Pradesh-based gold traders in an attempt to loot them, putting a question mark on the much talked about night vigil of the police.
The traders, identified as Varun Kumar and Subodh Kumar, received bullet injuries and were operated upon on Thursday. the police are still clueless about the identity of the miscreants.
The incident had taken place at busy Tej Nagar, when two unidentified motorcyclists came and opened fire at the two gold traders. It is learnt that the miscreants had also taken away gold belonging to the traders, but police are not confirming that the gold was looted.
Notably, as per police claims, 425 cops and more than 100 police vehicles are on road for night policing and such incidents put a questionmark on the effectiveness of men in khaki. The police are expected to win over the confidence of the public by making policing fool-proof at a time when rumours were making rounds of presence of gangs striking at will.
During the day time also, snatchings are common. In the last few days, a number of snatchings took place in Cantonment, Civil Lines and Chehherta areas. Though the police have managed to brought down the number of snatchings by merging various incidents in a single FIR.
Talking to HT about the Wednesday firing incident, additional deputy commissioner of police (1), Shailinder Shally, said, "Although no arrest is made in this case but we are on the job and efforts are made to nab the accused." Both the injured are still in hospital and one of them also underwent a surgery on Thursday, he added.
On a question, the police officer said, "Night policing is not under scanner. The police are very vigilant at night but at times criminals who have to execute a crime come with a specific plan and get successful. But we are definitely on the job and vigil has been heightened further."
On the quantity of gold looted, the ADCP said, "It is still not clear as the injured are not yet in a state to give statement to the police."