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Residents feel unsafe as five more flats are burgled in broad daylight in Pune

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The city cops have been caught napping again. Even as the furore over house-breaking of 16 flats in three posh housing societies in Hinjewadi area is yet to die down, five more flats were broken into in broad daylight in a nearby locality. Residents pose a question: how many more burglaries are needed for this area to catch the attention of Pune commissioner of police Gulabrao Pol?
Unidentified persons broke into five flats in three societies on Thursday afternoon a   nd decamped with gold ornaments and cash totally estimated at Rs4.30 lakh.

A complaint in this regard was lodged with Hinjewadi police station by a victim, Mantavya Dhamija, who stays in Placifera Avenue Society. According to the police, the incidents took place in Ike-No-Midori, Placifera Avenue and another society. The incidents took place on Thursday afternoon when all five flats were closed.

Police sub-inspector GG More of Bavdhan police chowki said they have taken details of recently arrested burglars. “Our investigations are on. We will crack the cases soon,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dhamija raised questions over policing, asking how many more house-breaking incidents need to take place to catch the attention of the police and ultimately, top cop Pol.
Dhamija told dna, “So many thefts are taking place in the area and we are not feeling secure in the city. My wife was not at home or else the burglars would have harmed her. The police should be more vigil.”

A resident from the area, who did not want to reveal his identity, told dna, “We are not safe. Interestingly, the Bavdhan police chowki is 500 meters away, but I have not seen either day or night patrolling in the area. The senior officers should boost security in the area.”

Pol told dna that they are going to give additional manpower to Hinjewadi police station. “We have asked our officer to intensify patrolling in the areas. Moreover, we are going to conduct meetings with residential societies in this regard,” he said. The police are also going to distribute pamphlets in the area to create awareness among the people.

Meanwhile, MP Supriya Sule told dna that she would take up the issue at the highest level. She said, “It is a shame for the city. It is the responsibility of the police commissioner to take the onus and provide adequate security in the areas.”

DNA EDIT: Who will police the city, Mr Pol?

If ever Pune police commissioner Gulabrao Pol’s report card is written, it will be filled with just too many negatives against his name. His stint started on a bad note itself when he rather foolishly declared that the JM Road serial blasts were not an act of  terror. Thereafter, it has been only a dismal show by the top cop. Forget about big cases such as the JM Road blasts or Dr Dabholkar murder, his men have not been able to keep a check on even petty criminals such as chain-snatchers and burglars. Cyber thefts, admission rackets, political vendetta, fear amongst North-Easterners in the city after the MMS et al. What can Pol claim he tackled successfully? The CP starts night patrolling in Hinjewadi only after local MP Supriya Sule calls him up. It takes no less than the deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar to find an illegal liquor den operating openly at the Uruli garbage dumping ground and then getting it demolished. It’s been almost a year that Hinjewadi, which gave Pune its identity of IT hub, doesn’t have a senior police officer to man the police station and the crime rate has gone up by 100 per cent. And yet, Mr Pol doesn’t see the need to take some urgent steps to make the residents feel safe. Oh come on Mr Pol, wake up and smell the coffee!


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