Panchkula: In a blatant display of lawlessness that underlined a tough job for the Panchkula police during the New Year’s eve when a group of 15-20 inebriated men stabbed to death a 24-year-old Baddi resident in the parking lot outside a club in Sector 5, the police is still to nab the accused.
Despite the close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras having been installed at every entry and exit point of the city, the security still lacked on the days when it is needed the most. As many parties were organised on the New Year’s eve on Saturday throughout the city, and the promises of the police to have a tight security cover again have raised some questions.
Also despite putting up as many as 18 nakas and deputing eight patrolling teams during the New Year’s eve, as claimed by the police before the day, none of these made any significant impact if the murder is an indication. Also the quick action plan launched recently by the police faced criticism as soon as it was launched. The plan did not work on the night intervening December 31 and January 1.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Mukesh Kumar, when asked, said: ‘’Teams have been dispatched to nab the accused. We have strong clues and they will be arrested soon. They have been identified. CCTV cameras around the town are functional, but as we did not had the registration number of the vehicle in which they fled, we were unable to identify them in CCTVs earlier.’’
Deceased Deepak Kumar (24) was celebrating the arrival of New Year with four of his friends in the parking lot when the men pounced upon him. Three members of Deepak’s group hid as their friend was stabbed. Arshad, also part of the group, was admitted to the Civil Hospital with injuries.
Meanwhile, the Panchkula police had recently got a quick response team that includes an anti-riot vehicle (ARV) and 10 special weapon action team (SWAT) commandos, but all in vain. To easily act upon the target, the ARV would move around the city round the clock as per the plan, but it did not make any impact on December 31.
Also, according to sources, the police had identified five men in this regard and raids were conducted at several places on Tuesday, but despite the identification, photos of the accused, their addresses and phone numbers, the police is still to nab them.