More than 40 residents of Nava Vadaj met SK Saikia, commissioner of police, on Thursday afternoon and submitted a memorandum outlining how their lives had become miserable due to anti-social elements in their area.
The residents included Ramkaran Yadav, father of Mahesh Yadav, 24, who was brutally stabbed to death by Rakesh Bharwad, nephew of former MLA Bhavan Bharwad. Rakesh was arrested on January 1 by Naranpura police on a murder charge.
Apart from Yadav, a resident of Chandrabhaga row house, people living in and around Kalptaru and Abhishek apartments also met the CP to request police intervention in curbing the menace of anti-social elements.
According to them, Bharwad used to threaten the residents and had been booked for many crimes earlier. However, he managed to roam free as he received protection from his uncle.
They claim that he openly declared that no one could touch him, not even the police. Locals also alleged that the police never did their bit to curb his misdeeds.
Locals claimed that Rakesh and others used to drink in the open making it unsafe for girls and women to come out of their homes.
They asked the CP to ensure that Rakesh was punished this time or else, they said, he may kill again. After meeting the locals, Saikia assured them of security and safety. He added that no one was above the law. He asked the joint commissioner of police to look into the matter and do the needful.