The law and order situation in Jalandhar has taken a hit with incidents of shootings being reported here frequently. This has made things a bit tough for Police Commissioner Arpit Shukla. Anti-social elements seem to be enjoying the “liberty” while residents, especially businessmen, feel unsafe and have asked the Punjab government to take stock of the situation and take necessary steps to ensure the safety of the people.
Some recent cases point towards the deteriorating law and order situation. In the RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja firing incident the shooters had followed his car for many hours but nobody stopped the youths on a black Platina bike bearing a fake number plate. Anil Kumar Billa was shot dead by unidentified person (or persons) on June 3. Police arrested his friend Rajan Kochhar on July 2 but even after several days of his police remand no evidence was found against him. Shukla, who is otherwise keen to organise press conference on solving even petty crimes, was reluctant to answer mediapersons’ queries on this issue.
Rimple was shot dead on July 21 near TV centre by unidentified youths, who came in a Quanto. Nobody at the police checkpost checked the five youths roaming in the city freely in a SUV with a revolver and intentions to kill a person even when they passed several regular police pickets. On May 25, Manpreet Singh, a student of Khalsa College, bled to death after being attacked by 10-12 youths armed with baseball bats and sharpedged weapons. They came on bikes and a car but weren’t checked anywhere before or after the attack.
A black XUV was snatched at gunpoint from New Jawahar Nagar on April 23 from a businessman. An alert was sounded immediately but the robbers managed to reach Bhogpur in this XUV with no one stopping them in the city.
The above cases just depict the strategy failure on the part of CP. Fear, which should have prevailed among anti-social elements, has spread inside the hearts of residents of Jalandhar. Senior officers seem to be more active than SHOs. The intelligence network of the CP appears to be a total failure and was never found useful before and after major crime incidents.
Brahman Jagriti Manch president Virender Sharma said, “The CP doesn’t have control on SHOs as every SHO is being appointed as per the choice of political leaders of BJP and Akalis. They don’t care much about the city so long as they have the political patronage.”
President of the Focal Point Association Narinder Singh Sagoo also endorsed that crime had risen to an alarming level in Jalandhar. “We need a Singham here soon. Nobody dared while Kunwar Vijay Pratap was here. Business suffers as traders from other states avoid coming to us. Punjab government should take serious note of the situation in Jalandhar,” Sagoo said.
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