Best way to judge the law and order situation in the city is to find out how many robberies or thefts have taken place, an IPS officer had once said.
After a lull of around a year, kacchha-baniyan gang once again struck terror and robbed residents including Nagar Panchayat chairman at three villages in Bakshi Ka Talab area in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday of cash and valuables worth lakhs of rupees. Barring one house, gang members decamped with cash and jewellery from all the houses where they struck.
Whosoever, tried to object to the gang members act, they were greeted with rods and sticks. Around half-a-dozen villagers were injured. Some of them seriously. According to IG Zone A Satish Ganesh, the gang members first struck at the house of Nagar Palika chairperson Suman Rawat at Bhikhapur village at around midnight. The miscreants entered into Rawat’s house from the rear door by breaking open the lock.
They then began breaking the lock of the door in gallery. On hearing the sound, family members woke up. Suman’s husband Ganesh even whipped out his license pistol and fired two rounds in the air. In the meantime, the miscreants succeeded in break opening the locks and entered inside the house. On seeing the miscreants, two nephews of Suman tried to intervene. Ganesh and his wife Suman also rushed inside the house with the pistol and again opened fire in air to flee away the criminals.
However, the gang members attacked them with rods and sticks leaving Suman, Ganesh and two nephews injured. On hearing the sound of gun fire, the villagers also woke up and rushed to the house of Suman. On seeing the crowd assembling at the chairperson’s house, the miscreants fled the spot without robbing Rawats of any valuables.
Bakshi Ka Talab police also rushed to the spot on hearing about the attempt at chairperson’s house. The villagers then launched a manhunt in the fields to trace the miscreants but in vain. Interestingly, while the BKT police was at chairperson’s house trying to locate the gang members, miscreants struck at the house of electricity department employee Ramchandra Yadav’s house at Akrohi village. Miscreants scaled the wall of Ramchandra’s house to reach inside the house and made his son hostage. Miscrean
ts took Rs 50,000 cash from Yadav and ran away. The money was the collection amount of electricity bill that he had made on Monday.
Same miscreants then reached at Vijaypur village and struck at the house of Srikrishna Yadav. Miscreants robbed him of Rs 1.5 lakh cash and jewellery which the women were wearing in their nose and ears. The miscreants on way also beat up Dharmendra Yadav and daughter-in-law Sanju Yadav with rods and sticks. After some time, the BKT police received information about the robbery at Akrohi and Vijaypur villages. SSP Rajesh Pandey along with police force also rushed to the villages on receiving the information. The police rushed the injured to the hospital. After which, the police launched combing operation but in vain. IG Zone A Satish Ganesh also rushed to Bakshi Ka Talab in the morning and took stock of the situation and even talked to the injured at the hospital. The IG directed the cops to crack the case as soon as possible.
Brave work by chairperson’s family
It was the brave confrontation by the family members of Nagar Palika chairperson Suman Rawat that foiled a big robbery at their house. Ganesh told media persons that when he was firing in the air, he was taking precaution that the bullet didn’t hit any of his family members. Moments after miscreants fled the spot, Ganesh informed village pradhans of several villages to be alert. On receiving the information, several pradhans woke up the villagers and remained vigilant with rods and sticks to ward off any untoward incident.
IG Zone had alerted the Lucknow cops about kacchha-baniyaan gang
IG Zone A Satish Ganesh told media persons that kacchha-baniyaan gang had struck on Sunday night at Farrukhabad and Kannauj. After receiving the information, he had directed Faizabad and Lucknow DIG to increase the patrolling in the range. SSP Rajesh Pandey had even directed the police station in charges of Lucknow to ensure pro-active patrolling. Despite all this, the miscreants were able to strike at three villages within the radius of one kilometre.
Major robberies that took place this year
January 4: Robbers struck at an IAS officer’s house in Gomtinagar area and run away with cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees
January 31: Robbery at Haluapur resident Musharraf
February 1: Robbery at labourer Vivek’s house at Salempur Pataura village in Thakurganj police station area
February 7: Robbery at the house of Mithilesh, a resident of Hardoiyya village in Kakori
March 3: Robbery at RTO Rakesh’s house in Alambagh
Robberies last year
- A youth is killed as robbers struck at several houses at Jankipuram’s Yogijipuram locality
- Robbers struck at 7 houses at Laulai village in Chinhat
- Robbery at SP Unnao’s relative who is a medicine trader
- Robbers loot cash and valuables worth lakhs of rupees from the house of a Lekhpal Anand Prakash at Sarojininagar
- Robbery at sub-inspecto Anand Sharma’s house at Darogakheda in Sarojininagar
- Robbery at PGI doctor Harish Kumar Singh’s house
- Robbery at Brahmkumari University in Gudamba
- Robbery at retired deputy commissioner (food) Rampalat Pandey’s house at Prembagh Colony in Chinhat