Members of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on Monday met SSP Richard Lakra to voice their concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in and around the steel city.
The business community sought audience with the East Singhbhum police brass after two Bistupur traders were robbed of Rs 4 lakh at gunpoint on Tata-Hata Road, 10km from the city, on Sunday afternoon.
Though grain wholesalers Umesh Agrawal (40) and Kanhaiya Prasad Nagelia (45) had escaped unhurt, six rounds fire by their assailants — two young men on a bike — drilled a hole in the windscreen of their car and flattened a tyre.
The SCCI delegation, led by its president Suresh Sonthalia, minced no words to say that police were making hollow promises about stemming crime, while traders continued to be targeted on the fringes of the city.
“Loot, snatching, burglary and crimes against women is shaming Jamshedpur almost every day. Yesterday’s incident proves that criminals have no fear of police or the administration. This is because police have not been able to control crime,” Sonthalia said, adding that they would launch an agitation if police did not act.
SSP Lakra claimed they had already identified one of the culprits who attacked Agrawal and Nagelia.
“The suspect has left East Singhbhum and taken shelter either in Seraikela-Kharsawan or Mayurbhanj in Odisha. We are zeroing in on him. Once he is in our custody, his aide will be in the net too,” he said.
The SSP added that patrolling would begin on Hata-Tata Road and other thoroughfares that lead to the city. “Besides the city’s link roads, we also plan to patrol some stretches near Ghatshila to prevent such crimes.”
On further queries regarding the spurt in crime on city roads, the SSP said Tiger Mobile units would launch a random checking drive soon.