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Six murders in 24 days: Has Batala turned into a crime city?

With six murders, an acid attack, two rapes, two incidents of attack on police and around 12 incidents of snatching and thefts in the past 24 days, Batala has now turned into a crime city.

punjab Updated: Mar 20, 2016 19:12 IST
Vishal Sally
Vishal Sally
Hindustan Times

With six murders, anacid attack, two rapes, two incidents of attack on police and around 12 incidents of snatching and thefts in the past 24 days, Batala has now turned into a crime city.

Batala police officials are still to fathom as to what has hit them in recent fortnight as the crime graph has shown a steep increase, following which a fear psychosis has gripped the people of this industrial town.

The efficiency of the Batala police can be gauged from the fact that even after passing of more than three weeks, they are yet to arrest thethree youths, who reportedly attacked an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), while he was coming back from the duty. The accused also fled away with his service pistol and cartridges after injuring him seriously. Interestingly, the same accused once again attacked six cops, including a DSP, who had laid a special naka for their arrest.

Residents said the police, for some inexplicable reasons, are conveniently turning a blind eye to the ever increasing incidents of snatchings, robberies, murders and rapes in the town and its adjoining areas.

The fact that six murders have shook the town in the past 24 days, apart from random incidents involving acid attack, robberies, rapes and snatching, is a sure pointer that crime rate is definitely on the rise, which has not only created panic among the residents, but is also raising a question mark on the working of the Batala police.

Fact File

February 25: A 60-year-old granthi was killed by four persons at Chandu Nangal village.

February 28: A 32-year-old government teacher was shot dead by three youths at Batala.

March 4: A 32-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her neighbour at Bulowal village.

March 16: A youth was beaten to death after a rape bid on a minor girl. Also five minor girls were injured in an acid attack at Dera Baba Nanak.

March 17: A father-son was shot dead over a pity dispute.

Official speak

Police announced a slew of measures for the protection of women with motorcycle police patrols being given more powers to deal with the situation. The SHOs at all the police stations falling in the Batala police district have also been asked to be more receptive towards women, who come to police stations to file their complaints. We had already intensified the patrolling in various parts of the city.

Daljinder Singh, Batala SSP

Resident speak

In the past one year, more than 150 incidents of thefts were reported in various parts of the town, but not even a single case was solved by the police, which showed that there is a ‘nexus’ between the politicians, police and thieves.

Manjit Hanspal, industrialist

Police have turned a blind eye on the increasing incidents of crime, which has further increased the crime rate. The political interference in the working of the police department is also affecting the work. Despite of protection of residents, majority of the police are deployed as bodyguards with politicians.

Jatinder Manna, advocate

First Published: Mar 20, 2016 19:12 IST

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