Bhubaneswar, August 5 (LocalWire): With armed criminals virtually holding the residents of this bustling capital city at ransom, the Commissionerate police have swung into action by arresting five criminals after waging gun battles with them in the past 48 hours.
However, it is believed the Commissionerate police facing criticism from several quarters for recurrence of daring crimes have woken up from slumber for an image makeover by sudden crackdown on crime mongers.
Police were forced to retaliate in self defence and arrested five hardcore criminals in three separate incidents across the city since Friday morning.
Since 30 July, four daring robberies were committed in busy localities.
Five criminals, who were injured and have been arrested after the shootout, either masterminded the crimes or executed the offences with their accomplices, said a senior police official.
He said further arrests will follow as police have gained specific inputs regarding the hideouts of the lawbreakers.
A miscreant was injured during an encounter at Bharatpur under Khandagiri Police station area on Sunday evening as he fired at police team.
Two similar shootouts occurred since Friday with four criminals being injured following firing for self defence.
The police have been apprehending miscreants on a daily basis.
It’s a coincidence that five criminals were arrested in the past two days have grabbed spotlight as there was shootout between the police forces and criminals.
Police is trying to make Bhubaneswar crime-free and emphasis is being laid on enhancing community policing by involving people to curb crimes.
Police received a series of feedbacks from communities following which several crimes were cracked.
On the other hand, the men on the streets differ from police’s viewpoint.
‘Emboldened by slack policing, criminals are having a field day.
Police are unable to instill fear among criminals.
This has resulted in the lawlessness here,’ said a resident of Acharya Vihar locality, Pradyumna Das.
Police appealed to the people to inform them about crimes by dialling 100.
A fortnight ago, two motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched a gold chain from a pedestrian.
A call was made to them but cops arrived 45 minutes after the crime, he added.
Those living in deserted areas are soft targets of crime mongers.
Additional patrolling needs to be deployed at those spots.
Although police have intensified their drive to arrest criminals of late, more needs to be done.
The ground-level intelligence network will have to be strengthened.
Besides, police have to win the confidence of people by cultivating public relation exercise, observed a retired police officer, Kumarmani Meher.