Police nap, robbers make hay
WHILE A gang of robbers was on the prowl in Chinhat colonies creating scare among residents, the local station house officer (SHO) was busy offering blessings to his bhaktas. The SHO was recently in the news for ?arranging? a massive agitation by a mob of his bhaktas. The senior cops had served him a notice then to stop non-policing acts.india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 01:54 IST
WHILE A gang of robbers was on the prowl in Chinhat colonies creating scare among residents, the local station house officer (SHO) was busy offering blessings to his bhaktas. The SHO was recently in the news for ‘arranging’ a massive agitation by a mob of his bhaktas. The senior cops had served him a notice then to stop non-policing acts.
Four incidents of robberies have taken place in and around Swapnalok Colony and all the victims have given similar details of the identity of the robbers. But, the local police never tried to lay a trap for the robbers hence encouraging the gang to make more successful attempts in the area.
An incident took place at Swapnalok colony on February 22 and a 65-year-old retired engineer Satish Singh fell prey to the gang members. The robbers shot at Singh when he mustered courage to resist them snatching jewellery from his daughter Dr Neetu Singh.
Singh was battling for life at the Army’s Command Hospital in Cantonment here but the cops were hardly concerned visiting the victim to record first hand information.
Singh’s son Lt Colonel Sandip Singh, posted in Manipur, narrated his woes.
Sandip was running from pillar to post and had even got a computer sketch of the assailant made but the cops did not initiate even process of launching a search for the robbers.
While narrating the incident, Sandip said that his mother Kamlawati and sister Dr Neetu had left home for the market around 4.15 pm on February 22. They had barely walked few metres when a motorcycle screeched to a halt close to the women.
One of the men riding pillion stepped down and pounced upon Neetu. He pushed her down and started snatching her gold chain and earrings. Though in a shocked state, Kamlawati and Neetu engaged in a scuffle with the robber raising an alarm. But, the robber did not leave Neetu until he snatched the jewellery.
The robber had whipped out a country-made pistol by then scaring the victims and the onlookers.
None of the local residents came ahead for the rescue of the women but Neetu’s father Satish Singh reached the scene hearing the screams. Seeing Singh close to him the armed robber opened fire at him without any provocation. The bullet ruptured victim’s left thigh and he fell on ground writhing in pain.
Neetu immediately called up the control room and the local police station. But, the cops took over one-and-half hours to reach the place. Instead of taking the profusely bleeding old man to the hospital the cops engaged in inquiring the residents. Later, Singh’s neighbour Haider took the victim to the Army hospital.
SHO RK Sharma had not made any move to trace the robbers though Lt Colonel Sandip Singh was visiting him regularly.