Jamshedpur : Following murder attempt on businessman Kailash Agarwal in Mango’s Suhash Colony the district police are witnessing some of the testing times. While the deteriorating law and order situation in the city remains major concern, the city has witnessed steep rise in crime.
Former JMM leader and transporter Upendra Singh was killed in broad daylight on the civil court campus at Sitaramdera on November 30 last year before his aide Amit Rai was gunned down near his home at Sonari on December 6.
The murder of Shiv Prasad on January 6 at Telco was yet another reminder of how the crime graph was steadily rising.
Ravi Gupta, son of a vegetable vendor, was shot dead by one Sunny Pathak at Teacher’s Colony in Mango on January 15.
Police have launched an intensive arms checking drive on the streets to tackle crime but they seem to have overlooked the movement of various gangs which are roaming free and giving shape to criminal incidents with gay abandon.
“The city had been free from crimes, but now the `knife culture’ has taken roots. The police should act with utmost vigil and nab the accused. The increase in crimes is a matter of concern. Thefts were a common but recent rise of cases of murders is serious,” said the BJP leader.
Meanwhile East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police (SSP) Anoop T Mathew has asked his team to strengthen their intelligence network to rein in the city’s soaring crime graph.
A senior officer said they had been instructed to identify criminal gangs operating in the city and chart their pattern of committing crime.
In recent months figures are showing a substantial increase in the number of murders, thefts and robberies taking place across the city.
The police administration has decided to increase night patrolling in the city, especially in Mango and Sakchi localities of the city.
Officials said that constables on foot would be deployed in a stretch of every one km for patrolling. Several other constables would be deployed for the purpose, besides patrolling by the local police.
“Burglaries have increased during the winter as many families are away on vacation. Now that the election process is over, the manpower position is back to normality. Specially constituted patrolling squads have already been deployed under the limits of the Mango and Sakchi,” said police official.
He, however, stressed upon developing intelligence gathering machineries and intensifying patrolling around midnight. In the past one week, at least seven cases of burglary have been reported in the city and the suburbs. Most of the incidents happened in posh areas of Mango and Sakchi.