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Transfers fail to stem spurt in crime

June 26: Three men knock the door of a sub-inspector’s son, Abhishek Kumar (30), at Krishna Vihar Colony, shoot him dead and flee. Status: Trio not yet arrested.

June 24: Criminals give chase to a businessman (33) under Mahatma Gandhi Setu, shoot him dead early in the morning. Status: Police call it business rivalry but no arrests made.

June 23: A man abducts a 24-year-old girl, allegedly his lover, from Kankerbagh. Status: Girl still missing.

Patna has witnessed a spurt in crime of late and the large-scale police transfers haven’t helped.

Last week, the home department transferred 51 IPS officers, including Patna city superintendent of police (SP) Jayant Kant and Patna rural SP B.N. Jha. Ashish Bharti and Hari Kishore Rai replaced them respectively.

To improve law and order in Patna, the department also got Kundan Krishnan, known to be a dashing officer, as inspector-general of Patna zone. Krishnan, who has earlier served as Patna senior superintendent of police, is known for his unique ways to tackle crime and criminals.

“Patna witnessed a lot of crime recently. Most of the cases haven’t seen any breakthrough. The station house officers are not on their toes. They aren’t following the directions issued by the senior police officers. A perfect example could be seen in the weekly janata durbars of the SSP,” a police officer said.

Around 80 per cent of the complaints coming to the durbar were related to local police not taking down complaints. “Most complaints relate to no progress in cases, failing to make arrests and execute warrants and those in police stations not accepting FIRs. Apart from SHO, there are many other off icers in a station. There is a constable whose job is to lodge FIRs. But it is not happening and people come to the SSP’s office with complaints,” an additional superintendent-rank officer said.

There are specific instructions that the SHOs should sit in their police stations for at least one hour every day, hear people’s complaints and take petitions. “This is not being followed. Teams need to be overhauled only then the crime rate will come down,” the officer said.

If one looks at some other unsolved cases, the Rs1-crore loot, which hit Patna on May 13, remains a mystery. The April 2 incident when a person, working with a private hospital, was shot dead and Rs 12 lakh looted from him, also remains unsolved.

Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj said attempts were being made to solve all the cases. “Results will follow,” he assured. Sources, however, said the officer was frustrated with the way the SHOs were working. “At least four SHOs have been suspended in four months. Fresh instructions regarding policing and patrolling are awaiting for SHOs,” the ASP-rank officer said.


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