East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol V. Homkar on Thursday urged doctors to install CCTV cameras at their clinics to prevent robberies, while asking his own men to take a slew of measures to stem the rising crime rate.
The advice for doctors came when a delegation of the local chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) met the SSP to seek security for medical practitioners in the wake of the burglary at the Sakchi residence-cum-clinic of physician N.N. Tripathy.
The delegation, led by president and secretary of IMA’s Jamshedpur unit K.P. Dubey and Mrityunjay Singh, respectively, also requested the senior police officer to arrest the gang, who posed as patients to rob Tripathy and his family of ornaments and cash worth Rs 7 lakh on Tuesday morning.
“We asked the SSP to take steps to check criminal activities in the city and also ensure safety and security of doctors, who are easy targets. We also demanded immediate arrest of those involved in the robbery at N.N. Tripathy’s house. Over 48 hours have passed since the incident, but police are yet to make any headway in the case,” Singh said.
He also welcomed the SSP’s suggestion of installing CCTV cameras at clinics and also residences, where patients are treated. “We will definitely ensure that CCTV cameras are installed at all doctors’ residences-cum-clinics,” the IMA secretary said.
The SSP said there had been progress in investigations. “We are exploring all angles. From what we have gathered, the doctor had problems with his family over property. The robbery might be linked to that dispute,” he added.
Before meeting the IMA delegation, Homkar held a special crime review meeting that was attended by deputy superintendents of police, officers-in-charge of police stations and circle inspectors. During the discussion that stretched for over four hours, the SSP reviewed the law and order situation locality-wise and issued directives to his subordinates.
“The police officers have been asked to keep a tab on history-sheeters in every locality and interrogate anyone acting suspiciously. The officers-in-charge have been told to find out the whereabouts of criminals camping in town. Special vigils will have to be maintained on the premises of banks and other public places like picnic spots, parks and leading hotels, especially in view of the festive season,” Homkar told The Telegraph.
With New Year round the corner, policemen have been asked to conduct surprise checks at strategic locations, especially in the evening.
The SSP also held a special crime review meeting with Tiger Mobile, offering suggestions on how to beef up vigil.
“The specially trained personnel are facing difficulty in carrying out their job efficiently as several of them don’t have mobile handsets. I have ordered at the meeting that all get handsets and other necessary gadgets immediately,” he added.