A big question mark looms on the law and order scenario in the city with two incidents of theft and snatching being reported on Wednesday, one of them taking place at Golmuri where criminals had fired at a trader as recently as Monday after he refused to part with his money.
Wednesdays both targets were also carrying cash after withdrawing the same from banks. In the first incident, unknown men decamped with Rs 45,000 from the dickey of a scooter at Golmuri market. In the afternoon, two bike-borne men snatched away a bag containing Rs 50,000 from a man at Parsudih.
Charan Singh (65), a resident of Telco Colony, had withdrawn the money from Punjab National Banks Golmuri branch and kept it in his scooters dickey before heading to Golmuri market to have tea. Singh returned to find the dickey of the two-wheeler, parked in front of the hotel, broken and the cash missing.
Golmuri OC I.B. Ojha said: This is a case of theft. We have received the complaint and have started investigations.
The inspector added that it appeared that it was a well-organised theft and the criminals must have followed the victim from the bank.
In Parsudih, victim Anil Chandra Das, a clerk at Shyamapado Mukherjee School, had withdrawn Rs 50,000 from Canara Banks Khasmahal branch for distributing scholarship among the students.
According to sub-inspector Dilip Kumar of Parsudih police station, Das was riding a bike and as he took a turn towards Shyamapado Mukherjee School, two motorcycle-borne men intercepted him and snatched the cash-filled bag before speeding away.
The victim chased the duo for a while but they managed to escape, said the sub-inspector.
Meanwhile, police have not been able to trace the assailants who had fired at Golmuri rice trader Vinod Kumar Chawla on Monday night.
Efforts are on to track down the culprits. So far, no arrest has been made, said deputy superintendent of police (city) Alok Kumar.