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Glare on goons past & present

Ranchi police have woken up from a deep slumber after five persons fell victim to gun assaults in a week.

The fifth was furniture trader Sanjeev Sahu (35) who took a bullet in the chest on Tuesday and succumbed on Wednesday morning.

Taking serious note of the law and order situation in the capital and on its outskirts, South Chotanagpur DIG Praveen Kumar met senior officers, including SSP and city SP, late on Tuesday to draw up a road map to curb crime.

As a part of the new strategy, officers have been asked to prepare a four-year history of persons with criminal antecedents in Ranchi and ensure their daily attendance at respective police stations.

Officers have been told not to hesitate in using the Control of Crime Act, which empowers police to detain criminals, who have been granted bail, on grounds of suspicion. They have been told to keep an eye on criminals who frequently changed addresses and track those who were released from prison over the past six months.

Men in uniform will also keep tabs on land disputes, the reason behind most murders in Jharkhand.

City SP Anoop Birtharay said they had started opening records of criminals. “We are using our intelligence gathering network to track those on the run,” he added.

An officer said if such a strategy was chalked out earlier, most crimes could have been prevented.

SSP Prabhat Kumar, however, said that the strategy was already in practice but was being intensified in the wake of recent killings.