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Court with too few cops, CCTV cams

A day after the sensational bid to shoot an infamous gangster on Jamshedpur civil court premises in Sitaramdera failed owing to a pistol snag, a team led by SSP Amol V. Homkar on Sunday inspected the site to nail security lapses that let the gunman to easily enter the campus in the first place.

Along with city SP Karthik S. and others, Homkar meticulously inspected the sprawling court premises between 12.30pm and 1.45pm to discover security gaps — too few police and CCTV cameras — that led to the deadly-but-dud attack on undertrial gangster Akhilesh Singh (37).

“High-profile Akhilesh was attacked by a gunman (Sarabjit Singh) in a never-before attempt on court campus, leading to this security assessment,” said city SP Karthik.

SSP Homkar and his team noted observations of policemen posted in the court.

Checking if the doorframe metal detector installed at the entrance of the court building worked, they found it did. But, they also discovered Sarabjit, with his gun, could pass through easily because no policeman had been posted on Saturday to note the warning beep. Also, no one frisked Sarabjit.

Only 10 policemen are posted on the court campus.

The team also went around the multi-storeyed court building to check if installed CCTV cameras were sufficient to cover the entire area. “Some six CCTV cameras are installed on court premises. They are functional, but the sprawling campus needs more cameras,” said a policeman who was a part of the recce team.

“We are reviewing lacunae on the civil court premises. We will plan better security logistics,” Karthik stressed.

He told The Telegraph that based on their observations and findings they would hold a meeting with East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal and district judge Anand Vijay Singh.

“The meeting is likely on Monday, latest by Tuesday. We will recommend the deputation of more armed jawans at the gates,” he said.

Akhilesh, convicted in a murder case and serving an RI, is facing trial in over half-a-dozen criminal cases, including murder and extortion. He appeared in court on Saturday to surrender after his two-month parole ended.

Only one policeman escorted him to the court of second additional district judge Deepak Nath Tiwary on Saturday.

Despite easy access, gunman Sarabjit failed to shoot Akhilesh from close range as his pistol was locked when he pressed the trigger.

Sarabjit, immediately overpowered and beaten to a pulp by Akhilesh’s supporters on Saturday, is admitted to Tata Main Hospital where he is battling for his life.

His unarmed aide Honey Singh, thrashed to a lesser degree, is at Sitaramdera thana.

Akhilesh, residing at Ghaghidih Central Jail, is getting more security after the attack as police fear a gang war behind the attempt on his life. The district police are finding out if there was a conspiracy angle behind the murder bid.

Honey Singh apart, police have also detained for questioning a woman to whom Akhilesh spoke briefly.

“Honey and the woman are both being interrogated,” said Sitaramdera officer-in-charge Sushil Kumar.