Gang-wars, murders but police keep mum
THE RECENT killings, which mainly resulted from gang rivalries, could have been averted had the police acted cautiously. Records available at the Colonalganj, Anwarganj Kalyanpur and Kidwainagar police stations speak volumes of the police inaction. About six persons, including the leader of D-13 gang, were killed. Despite the fact that the police had the prior information about the gang rivalry at these places, they failed to act.Updated: Apr 14, 2006 00:18 IST
THE RECENT killings, which mainly resulted from gang rivalries, could have been averted had the police acted cautiously.
Records available at the Colonalganj, Anwarganj Kalyanpur and Kidwainagar police stations speak volumes of the police inaction. About six persons, including the leader of D-13 gang, were killed. Despite the fact that the police had the prior information about the gang rivalry at these places, they failed to act.
The Colonalganj police knew that the gangster Javed Ringwala had slapped Israil Aantewala four before he (Javed) was shot dead on March 8. Even on March 7, a day before Javed was killed by Israil Aantewala with four accomplices, the police were informed by the locals that any untoward incident might take place in Gammu Khan Ka Hata, as Israil was getting a building constructed in front of Javed’s house. While the construction work started, both the gangsters had a heated exchange, on March 7.
Although the police got a tip-off that a gang-war might take place in Colonalganj area, the police could not muster enough courage to enter the Gammu Khan Ka Hata .
According to a senior police official, there was tension in the area before the killing of Javed. Besides, the police knew that the area was extremely sensitive as several clashes among the gangs led by Sohail, Pervez, Saeed Nata and Javed Ringwala but it did nothing.
The question is: When the police knew that Javed was a notorious criminal what was he doing in Gammu Khan Ka Hata? He should have been behind the bar.
A highly placed source in the police department said that as Ringwala enjoyed the patronage of a political party, none of the police officials dared take any action against him.
At Anwarganj police station, two persons were shot dead in broad day light in Ahirana on March 7, following a brawl over controlling narcotics business.
According to reports, the police officials of Anwarganj area were informed on March 6 about the tussle among the people belonging to Sonkar and Dalit communities.
The narrow Phool Waligali on March 7 became a battle field with indiscriminate firing and hurling of bombs. In the incident, two persons, Hariohm Sonkar and Anil Gupta, a local trader, were killed.
The locals had already informed the police about the firing and bomb explosions in the area the same morning, but the police did not take any step, though an NCR was filled the at Anwarganj police station. On March 11, there was a group clash in which a 20-year-old youth Raj Kumar was killed.
In Kalyanpur police station area, there was a group clash on March 10 but police remained a mute spectator.
On March 11, a youth Prashant Shukla was killed in Kidwai Nagar area. Sources said he had reportedly informed SHO Deepa Singh at Kidwai Nagar on March 8 about the threat on his life but eye-witnesses said Deepa Singh tore off Prashant’s application.
Prashant Shukla and several other local residents objected to illegal activities at Hanuman Vyayamshala which reportedly turned to a brothel den. The police rejected the plea of Prashant and did not take him seriously. But Prashant Shukla was killed.
In February, Deependra Yadav, a police constable, who was in news recently by declaring himself as Teesari Radha, had killed a person of the same area in a planned way. Sources said that the police had adequate information about the tussle between Deependra and the person who was killed. But the police did not take any action.
However, SSP PC Meena, considering the seriousness of the situation, suspended the SHO of Anwarganj Mukesh Kumar on the day of the incident.
First Published: Apr 14, 2006 00:18 IST