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Traders demand murder spot vigil

The recent murder of businessman Vinod Agrawal has prompted members of Jamshedpur Chamber of Commerce to seek police vigil on the stretch connecting Burmamines with Sakchi.

Members of the trade outfit, led by president Mohan Agrawal, visited the office of SSP Richard Lakra on Tuesday. Since Lakra was in Ranchi on an assignment, they met SP (city) Kartik. S and handed him a memorandum.

They also urged Karthik to intensify patrolling on the Burmamines-Sakchi stretch, where Agrawal was murdered, besides requesting for VIP-level protection for traders who wish to avail it.

Later, Mohanlal Agrawal said businessmen and traders of the city no longer felt safe. “We have to think twice before stepping out of our homes. No one knows which trader is the next target. Police have to be more vigilant,” he said.

City SP Karthik confirmed meeting the delegation. “They demanded regular patrolling on Burmamines-Sakchi road, especially along Tube Company. But, even before they raised this issue, we stepped up night vigil on the stretch,” he said.

The officer further said they had decided to set up a police picket between Burmamines police station and Star Talkies. “Deputy superintendent of police (law and order) and deputy superintendent of police (city) have been told to submit separate reports on the possible location,” he said.

Regarding body guards for businessmen, Kartik said district police offered protection depending on whether an individual’s life is under threat.