Jamshedpur, Jan. 21: In a daring day light armed robbery, a gang struck near Lal Baba Foundry under the jurisdiction of the Burmamines police station and fled with Rs 2.50 lakh, a gold chain and laptop from a businessman.
The incident occurred at around 10.30 am on Thursday morning, revealing the open loop holes in safety in the steel city once again.
According to a complainant filed by the victim Birendra Kumar Jaiswal of Prabhat Trading Company, four goons riding two bikes, snatched a bag containing Rs 2.50 lakh from him, a gold chain and laptop at gun point outside the company gate, while he was about to leave for State bank of India, Jugsalai branch, in his car to deposit the cash.
The complainant confirmed that ‘four men suddenly appeared from the front as he believed they might have been waiting for him come out of the company. They pulled out a gun and snatched the bag containing the money, gold chain and laptop.’
Jaiswal claimed that the robbers had covered their faces with cloth, and even threatened him with the gun before snatching the bag, laptop and gold chain.
Acting on the complaint, the Burmamines police reached the spot and began an investigation into the case. Ironically, the incident took place when Kolhan DIG R K Dhan was chairing a crime meeting with senior district police officer at the SSP office.
Of late, there have been a spurt in house break-ins and robbery cases in the city. Though the police have claimed that such incidents in a city with a population of over 13 lakh was inevitable, they admitted that some gangs have become active in the city and have intensified steps.
In fact, the police have suggested several measures to check the rising crime graph, but nothing seems to be working.
It has often been observed that burglars keep a watch to fix their ‘target’ in a housing colony or society before committing crimes. People whose movements were found to be suspicious should be placed under watch, the police believe.