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Jamshedpur traders take to streets against daylight loot, wear black badges in protest, mount pressure on police


MLA Saryu Roy expresses concern over rising crime graph

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, Feb 15: City traders staged a one-day demonstration at Bistupur in protest against the deteriorating law and order situation in Jamshedpur under the banner of the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on Tuesday. They gathered near the Chhaganlal Dayaljee Sons showroom as per the decision taken at a meeting yesterday.

Condemning yesterday’s incident in which armed criminals looted Rs 32 lakhs from two staff of a leading jewellery store in Bistupur, the members gave an ultimatum of 72-hours ultimatum to the district police for nabbing the criminals involved in the loot case.

The rise in crime has made denizens wary with most blaming the audacity of criminals and police inaction for the deteriorating law and order. Jamshedpur has witnessed about a dozen incidents of murder, loot, burglary, snatching, extortion and theft in the past one month. But, significantly, a few crimes have been detected.

The loot took place on the premises of Gajraj Mansion along the busy Bistupur Main Road about 400 meters away from the Bistupur police station in broad daylight.

Jamshedpur East MLA Saryu Roy also participated in the demonstration and expressed his concern over deteriorating law and order situation. He demanded immediate action to nail the gang involved.

President of the Chamber, Vijay Anand Moonka said in case the police fail to nab the criminals within 72 hours of the incident, the traders’ body would be forced to call for Jamshedpur bandh. He said that the traders have gathered in front of Chhaganlal Dayaljee Sons showroom to express their anguish.  

Meanwhile, the police have formed a team to detect the loot and track down the criminals. Anti-crime checking was carried out at various strategic points of the city. “Although there is no arrest so far, we have made some headway in the crime and we hope to nab the criminals pretty soon,” said a senior police official.

Nonetheless the rising cases of crime in the city have forced the business community to raise its voice against the deteriorating law and order situation for additional security arrangements.

The police are yet to nab the offenders, but the business organisations have expressed concerns.

“It is surprising that several cases of loot and attempt to murder incidents have taken place recently and that too in the broad daylight but in none of the cases has the police reached the miscreants involved in the cases,” said Anil Naredi, a city-based businessman.

He said although SSP M Tamil Vanan has tried to beef up the security arrangements in the city and carried out arms checking drives at strategic locations but nothing substantial has come out of his initiatives. Additional police forces need to be deployed in areas like Bistupur, Mango, Jugsalai, Parsudih which are prone to such criminal activities.

“East Singhbhum is fast developing due to its proximity with the mineral rich area. This has seen a massive influx of population from all over the country. This also brings in the rogue elements with it. Law and order is becoming an issue of concern,” commented another senior SCCI functionary.

The agitating traders included Gautam Chandra Golchha, Suresh Sonthalia, Dashrath Upadhyaya, Santokh Singh, Akhilesh Dubey, Shravan Debuka, Dharmesh Adessara, Satyanarayan Agrawal, Bajranglal Agrawal, Dilip Kauntia, Sanwarmal Sharma, Satish Singh, Hitesh Adessara, Manish Adessara, Ramesh Agrawal, Lipu Sharma, Bharat Makani, Bharat Vasani, Swarup Golchha and Abhishek Agrawal Goldy.

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