A transporter’s killing, a murder attempt on a painter, and about half a dozen robberies and theft incidents – criminals are having a field day in the state capital since Monday morning.
The spurt in crime in the last three days has not only raised a question mark over the safety and security of city residents, but also on the efficiency of the police.
A 50-year-old man was the latest target of criminals. The victim, RP Yadav, an ex-manager of Bharat Coal and Coking Limited (BCCL), was robbed of Rs 10 lakh near Ranchi railway station on Wednesday. Yadav had come by a morning train to pay a loan in the city when he was looted, said police.
A case has been registered with the Chutia police station, city deputy SP Sudarshan Astik said, adding that the matter is being probed.
The robbery incident came barely 24 hours after a transporter was shot dead in Pandra area on Tuesday. The same day two more firing incidents were reported from Namkom and Tharpakana areas, besides theft at five houses in Jagannathpur.
A day before that, on Monday, a petrol pump manager was looted at gun point near Mecon Colony.
The police, who are yet to make any breakthrough, have put all police stations on alert. “There has been an increase in crimes in the past few days. We are confident of solving them,” said city superintendent of police Kaushal Kishore.
Kishore said, “Old warrantees and those with historysheets released from jail have been put under surveillance.
All the police station in-charges have been directed to bust criminal gangs. Each officer has been assigned a specific task as per the crime in his area.”
The SP said 20 additional patrol vans will be included in the existing fleet of 12 vans in the city.