Criminals from outside rule the roost in city
DELHI: In January this year, a sum of Rs 9 lakh was robbed from
a house in Shastri Park. So far, the robbers have managed to evade
arrest. The reason: Police say the accused are based in Uttar
Pradesh and that they do not have any concrete information about
March, nine members of a gang of robbers were arrested from northeast
Delhi. They were 'wanted' for a series of six robberies. But the
police had no past record or information about this Meerut-based
gang. This, despite the fact that they were 'wanted' in 12 cases
of robbery in UP as well.
to the police, criminals from the neighbouring areas take advantage
of multiple enforcement agencies in the National Capital Region
(NCR). "There is movement of criminals across borders and
they take advantage of the fact that the local police may not
have any criminal records against them," said deputy commissioner
of police (northeast) Praveer Ranjan.
Moreover, when it comes to coordination at the ground level, a
vital link seems to be missing between the Delhi Police and their
neighbouring counterparts. Though inter-state coordination meetings
have been going on for a long time, they have gained an impetus
only in the last two years. Though the process of sharing of information
about crime and criminals has begun, the police cannot afford
to pat their backs just yet.
senior officer said: "There is coordination and cooperation
at the senior level between Delhi and its neighbours. But, it
is the rapport among the lower-rung police staff which needs to
be improved. Until that happens, criminals will take advantage
of the difference in the jurisdiction of Delhi and other areas
of the NCR."
officer said Delhi Police's priority may be different from that
of neighbours. "We may want them to take action against a
particular gang or person on an urgent basis, but they may have
other priorities. Moreover, the criminals wanted here may be lying
low to prevent detection," the officer added.
answer to the problem, according to joint commissioner of police
(New Delhi range) Maxwell Pereira, lies in local vigilance. He
said: "Delhi is not a personalised society and any incursion
is not immediately known. The only way to curb criminal incursions
is to improve local vigilance."
it's not just neighbours India and Pakistan which should improve
their coordination but also the Delhi Police and their next-door
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