Irate traders gherao police station
OVER A dozen miscreants attacked a pan vendor with bombs and when local residents resisted the miscreants they fired indiscriminately in Kidwai Nagar. Panic spread in the area as the incident took place barely at stone?s throw from Kidwai Nagar police station on Sunday.india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 00:55 IST
OVER A dozen miscreants attacked a pan vendor with bombs and when local residents resisted the miscreants they fired indiscriminately in Kidwai Nagar. Panic spread in the area as the incident took place barely at stone’s throw from Kidwai Nagar police station on Sunday.
Infuriated over police inaction in curbing crime in the area, hundreds of local residents gheraoed the police station and blocked the traffic for two hours. The policemen at the Kidwai Nagar police station remained mute spectator to the chaos. However, they came out only when reinforcement from other police stations reached the spot.
According to eyewitnesses, at 11 am, Sanjay Tewari, who runs a pan shop near a private hospital, was attacked by a dozen miscreants led by Ramji Tewari with bombs and other firearms. Somehow, Sanjay escaped the bomb attack but was thrashed badly by miscreants.
Some traders came to the rescue of Sanjay. Local people also joined the traders. Seeing trouble, Ramji Tewari and his accomplices fled the spot firing in the air.
Some traders sustained pellet injuries as fleeing miscreants opened fired on them. Incensed over the incident, hundreds of local people came to the spot and blocked the traffic. They were demanding immediate arrest of the culprits who injured Sanjay.
Cursing police for its laxity, hundreds of people also gheraoed the Kidwai Nagar police station and sat on street. People blamed the police for the deteriorating law and order situation in the area which witnessed two killings in the recent past.
Talking to the HT, local resident Sudhir Vajpayee said, “The CO and the SHO of the area are incompetent and they have failed to provide safety to people. Therefore we have to make security arrangements for ourselves.”
When some police officials came out of the Kidwai Nagar police station, they were presented with bangles by infuriated local people. Meanwhile, police force from Naubasta, Juhi, Babupurwa and other police stations reached the spot. Later, SHO Juhi Laxman Rai pacified the incensed crowd by saying that proper action would be taken against the culprits.
Meanwhile, CO Babupurwa Aasharam Yadav said, “Ramji Tewari is an advocate and the two parties had old rivalry.” The CO, however, denied any firing incident or traffic jam in the area. Yadav said, “As it is election time for local bodies therefore some local leaders were involved in today’s incident.” The CO even denied that the pan vendor was injured in the attack by miscreants.
First Published: Apr 17, 2006 00:55 IST