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MP takes guards back on ‘safer city’ promise

Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar agreed to reinstate his bodyguards on Tuesday after East Singhbhum SSP Amol V. Homkar and SP (city) Karthik S. met and assured him of taking immediate steps to curb crime in the steel city.

Fifty-one-year-old Kumar, incidentally the former SP of East Singhbhum, had returned his five bodyguards to district police department on Saturday to protest against Jamshedpur’s rising crime graph.

According to norms, information regarding the MP’s move had been sent to chief minister Hemant Soren, home secretary N.N. Pandey, DGP Rajiv Kumar and district SSP Amol V. Homkar.

Sources said that with Lok Sabha elections round the corner, the step had worried police top brass.

Kumar’s tour of remote areas in Ghatshila subdivision on Monday without any protection finally compelled the district administration to push the emergency button.

On Tuesday, SSP Homkar and SP (city) Karthik met Kumar at his Circuit House residence.

Over a meeting that lasted nearly 45 minutes, the two officers requested the MP to re-avail the bodyguards with a plea that his refusal to do so was putting police stations of areas he visits under duress.

“He agreed to our requests and has taken back the service of bodyguards from today (Tuesday),” he said.

The SSP added they informed the MP of tracing the gang involved in serial shooting incidents in the city on Saturday.

Kumar’s city representative Sashi Bhusan, present at the meeting, confirmed the MP agreed to take back his bodyguards but had told senior officers that if law and order situation did not improve, he would return them again.

“During the meet, Kumar suggested creation of 24x7 checkpoints with wireless service at entry routes to the city, sharing names of professional criminals on district police websites, ensuring all thana outposts were operational and bringing key areas of Jamshedpur under CCTV surveillance. He also asked senior officers to monitor activities of criminals out on bail,” said Bhusan.


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