No clues, cops struggle to find arsonists
Police stations, where incidents of bikes being torched have been reported in the past few weeks, are having a hard time investigating the cases.
In most instances, police complain, there are hardly any leads to begin with.
Senior inspector of Trombay police station, Sanjay Khaire said, “While investigating, the most vital point is finding out the motive or who stands to gain from the crime. But, in the recent cases of arson, apart from enmity, we fail to see why anyone would want to burn someone’s vehicle.”
He added, “There is nothing that an accused stands to gain. We suspected that some mischief-maker may have set the vehicles on fire for fun, but with such cases being reported at various places within a span of a month, that does not seem to be the case.”
Apart from the incident at Ghatkopar, where the complainant gave the name of an accused, complainants in other cases have denied any enmity with anyone who would want to get back at them in this fashion.
“As a result the case is open-ended, with no leads and we have to investigate it from all angles, which makes it tougher and time-consuming”, said police inspector U Nikam from Vikhroli police station, where four bikes and a car were set on fire last Thursday.
Cases of torching of bikes have been registered at Wadala Truck Terminus, Antop Hill, Vikhroli, Trombay and Ghatkopar police stations in the past 27 days.
Owing to continuous rain, educational institutions in several parts of Karnataka will remain shut on Thursday. Top officials in the 4 districts of Karnataka - namely Udupi, Kodagu, Hassan and Uttara Kannada -- have declared holiday for Anganwadi schools and colleges amid the 'red alert' issued by the weather department. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted extremely heavy rain, ranging above 204.5 mm for these 4 cities.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.