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Thursday , June 12 , 2014
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Crime burst? Cops blame it on bad luck
- Police yet to arrest criminals behind recent murder or loot, hope for miracle to solve cases

Bad luck, apparently, has had a role to play in failure of police to crack major cases, or so the cops believe.

A day after a man was shot dead and two days after the city witnessed a staggering loot of over Rs 26 lakh in broad daylight, the police, yet to solve the cases, have termed it “bad luck”.

On whether there were any recoveries in the loot incident of Kadamkuan, a senior police officer said: “It is bad luck for the Patna police. However, we are trying hard.” The officer, however, didn’t explain what bad luck actually meant.

An officer with Kadamkuan police station, however, said: “Investigations have been marred by protests. The police had rounded up some suspects from the Kadamkuan area but their family members staged an agitation. This has hampered investigations. This is something to worry about.”

On June 9, armed criminals pulled off a daring loot of little over Rs 26 lakh from a car, while shooting at the driver. With no police presence in the area, the residents had caught three of the five goons. However, two of them were successful in fleeing with the money.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj, who had, on Tuesday, issued showcauses to the Kadamkuan police station house officer (SHO) and additional superintendent of police (Town), said until now there had been no breakthroughs.

“The police are trying hard and investigations are continuing. However, one has to say that there have been no recoveries till now. Neither the men have been caught nor the money recovered,” he said.

On the daylight murder of a land dealer at Shahpur village under the jurisdiction of Gopalpur police station on Tuesday, the police said the men involved are on the run.

“Four named FIRs have been lodged in addition to some unknown people. FIRs have been lodged against Lal Babu Rai, Pramod Rai, Tilangi Rai and Bagrangi Rai. All of them are residents of the same village and they are relatives. While the police had arrested Lal Babu on Tuesday, the other three are absconding and the police are making all attempts to nab them. Raids are being conducted in different places and the police are trying their best,” an officer at Gopalpur police station said.

The cops are also clueless on other recent incidents over the past couple of months.

“There have been no breakthroughs in those cases as well. The police are working on leads. But some cases have hit a dead end. One example is the Patrakar Nagar loot and murder on April 2. We need a bit of luck and the cases would be cracked. This will happen only when the police continue to work hard. The superintendents of police of neighbouring districts of Patna have been alerted. The bad phase will be over soon, arrests will be made and recoveries will follow,” an officer said.

On Monday, armed robbers looted a little over Rs 26 lakh belonging to a private dairy firm after shooting at one of its employees in Dariapur.

Eyewitnesses said the gang hurled bombs to scare away local traders, who managed to nab three of them. Bihari (35), the injured employee, was admitted to a private nursing home.

On Sunday, three motorcycle-borne criminals had robbed a fish trader, Anoj Kumar, of Rs 8 lakh near New Rampur in Patna City.