Jan 30 snatchings: duty cop did not act in time
In less than a week after the snatching spree of a five-member gang came to light on January 30 night poorly reflecting on the late-night functioning of the Chandigarh Police, the fact-finding inquiry report has held the night checking in-charge sub-inspector Om Prakash responsible for delay in acting on the call.Updated: Feb 05, 2014 00:37 IST
In less than a week after the snatching spree of a five-member gang came to light on January 30 night poorly reflecting on the late-night functioning of the Chandigarh Police, the fact-finding inquiry report has held the night checking in-charge sub-inspector Om Prakash responsible for delay in acting on the call.
According to the preliminary inquiry conducted by DSP (PCR) BS Negi, the sub-inspector failed to react in real time. The report also pointed out that there was a lapse of around five hours between the first and the other four snatchings, but the police failed to track the miscreants.
The first snatching took place at 12.20 am. The miscreants had snatched an auto from Chander Kumar near the Piccadily roundabout in Sector 34. The report indicated that soon after the snatching, the auto driver boarded another auto and chased the snatchers for a while, till they got out of sight.
Chander called up the police control room (PCR), at least after 25 minutes of the snatching. As per the details collected the by the police, the snatchers actually entered Nayagaon and did not come out of the hiding, till at least 5 am.
The police sources claim that it was not that the PCR vehicles did not react at all, but the reaction was a little delayed.
Senior police officers said they were yet to get the copy of the inquiry report and if the cop on night checking with the PCR was found guilty he would face departmental inquiry.
The police sources further claimed that the snatchers were well versed with the security arrangements of the Chandigarh Police during night hours (12am to 5 am). The snatchers chose to strike after 5 am when the PCR staff goes for duties in the parks situated within the sectors.
The staff is posted at parks from 5am to 8am to check early morning snatchings.
UT senior superintendant of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill will go through the fact-finding inquiry on Wednesday.
The miscreants had carried out snatchings in areas falling under four police stations - Sectors 34, 3, 36 and 26 - in just one night, raising a big question on the functioning of the Chandigarh Police. Even though PCRs stationed at city rotaries can be witnessed, the incident had brought to fore the fact that the vehicles rarely move.
The police have till date failed to nab miscreants, but recovered the auto abandoned in Sector 33 the next day. The police are also scanning the CCTV footage of the traffic intersections to get clues about the snatchers.
To get lesson on reacting in emergency situations today
Keeping in view the spurt in snatchings and delay in reaction time, UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill will hold a sampark sabha with the cops on Wednesday and sensitise them about reacting in emergency situations so that such untoward incidents are avoided. The cops will be elaborated about the crime tackling ways.