Jamshedpur : A crime wave has gripped the city in recent months with figures showing a substantial increase in the number of attacks, thefts and loot taking place across the city.
While the deteriorating law and order situation in the city remains major concern, the city has witnessed steep rise in suicides too.
Late night criminals shot down a 52-year-old railway contractor, Vijay Pandey near the Kerala Public School in Burmamines. Pandey was returning home on his bike from the Tatanagar railway station at about 11.30 pm. As he took a turn for his house from the Station-Burmamines Road, the assailants opened fire and shot him in the head and shoulder.
The Burmamines police station officer-in-charge, Mohan Pandey rushed the victim to the Tata Main Hospital where the doctors on emergency duty declared him as brought dead.
Senior superintendent of police Amol V Homkar, SP City, Chandan Jha and other senior police officers arrived at the Tata Main Hospital for making queries about the victim and his background from his family members who had also arrived at the hospital on receiving the information about the gun-shot attack.
Senior SP, Homkar confirmed that the murder took place due to rivalry in obtaining railway contract.
The police have detained four youths for interrogation in connection to the murder. The body has been sent to the MGM Medical College mortuary for post-mortem.
“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 a district official.
Meanwhile East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol V. Homkar recently held a crime meeting at his office and asked his team to strengthen their intelligence network to rein in the city’s soaring crime graph.
The normal evening hours of the Steel City have now literally turned into the vulnerable hours as the rising crime graph has indicated that majority of the crime in the industrial town has taken place in the evening.
Out of the dozen odd criminal incidents that have shattered the normal life of the peace loving denizens of the city majority have been executed in the dark.
Although, the police have been maintaining mobility and increased its on road presence during the evening hours but criminals have selected the 6 to 12 midnight time as the ideal hours to execute their criminal designs.