The Telegraph
Saturday , March 15 , 2014
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Tiger shield for gun terror
- Bike force, foot patrol in elite Tata pockets

Taking the heat for their apparent failure to figure out the motive behind the serial gun assaults on Tata executives in recent months, the East Singhbhum district police have stepped up vigil in Jamshedpur’s fear-plagued neighbourhoods.

Following strict instructions from SSP Amol V. Homkar, 10 units of the armed Tiger Mobile force are being deployed in Nildih, Telco and Ghorabandha while intelligence gathering is being given the much-needed impetus through extensive foot patrolling in these areas.

“Every Tiger bike will have two constables, one armed with a self-loading rifle (SLR). They will guard the elite and densely populated pockets from evening till late night. Foot patrol has started from today (Friday) and will continue till the overall law and order situation improves in these places,” the SSP said.

Besides SLRs, these Tiger sports bikes are equipped with wireless sets. Homkar added that other high-profile localities of the city such as Northern Town and Circuit House Area had also been put on the extra vigil map as a precautionary measure.

East Singhbhum boasts a fleet of 44 Tiger Mobile units, with their cumulative manpower being 88 constables. So far, these police bikes concentrated on Bistupur, Sakchi, Kadma, Sonari and Golmuri. Now, 10 will be shunted to Nildih, Telco and Ghorabandha, while the rest too will respond to distress calls from these areas.

The SSP maintained that the Tigers would further assist local police in arms-checking drives at Telco and its adjoining areas.

Asked about the rationale behind introducing foot patrol when the bike force could chase and bring to book fleeing criminals more effectively, Homkar pointed to the need for intelligence gathering.

“Constables on foot can get better acquainted with local residents. It will widen their information network,” the SSP maintained.

The steel city has been reeling from twin shockers since last month, with two senior Tata officials being attacked by hired sharpshooters.

Assistant general manager of TML Drivelines — a Tata Motors subsidiary — Brajesh Sahay (40) was shot dead in front of 18C Dimna Road bungalow in Nildih on the night of February 23.

Police are still groping in the dark on who killed the executive and exactly why.

On March 10, Tata Steel’s equipment maintenance manager Ratnesh Raj was shot at and injured outside a friend’s apartment in Ghorabandha.

While the 28-year-old was airlifted to Medanta Medicity on Thursday evening, police are once again clueless why the young official was targeted in a similar manner.

“The city is no longer as safe as it used to be. We are living in fear,” said Amit Chawla, a resident of Telco Colony.

DSP (city) K.N. Chowdhury conceded that both cases remained unsolved. “However, we have not given up yet and are putting in our best efforts to crack the cases,” he said.