Close on the heels of the ATM attack case, a 26-year-old female administrator at IBM was attacked by two armed men who slashed her throat and snatched her mobile phone worth Rs 1,000 near the footbridge in Coles Park on Thursday evening.
To add insult to injury, three police stations in the vicinity were reluctant to register a complaint about the attack, claiming that they had no jurisdiction over the spot where the incident occurred.
The Bharatinagar, JC Nagar and Cantonment Railway Station police tried to pass the buck, all of them claiming that the case did not fall in their jurisdiction, unintentionally providing enough time for the criminals to escape.
Mini’s husband Yasser Farooq told police that his wife was walking home from her office near the railway track close to the park when the two men attacked her. Mini had missed her regular bus and had taken another which dropped her far off from her regular stop.
Yasser said an injured Mini managed to reach home and he rushed her to a hospital where she was recovering. He said the police made him run from one station to other, citing lack of jurisdiction.
“I went to Bharatinagar police station but they said the spot falls under JC Nagar station and asked me to go there. When I went to JC Nagar station, they said the spot falls under Cantonment Railway police station and asked me to go there.”
Yasser finally reached Cantonment railway police station and managed to convince the Railway police to accompany them. The police. who very reluctantly visited the spot, and later the hospital where Mini is admitted, finally agreed to file a robbery case.
Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar told dna that police of any station were bound to register a case regardless of jurisdiction, and can later transfer the case to the appropriate station.
“Police should not refuse to register complaints. However, I will inquire into the case,” he added.