Police fails to solve GS Road crimes

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Police fails to solve GS Road crimes

Rahul Chanda | July 01, 2017 12:30 hrs

Recently, the Dispur police took into custody three suspects related to the GS Road Titan showroom robbery and brought three persons, Safikul Islam (28) of Hajo, Mannaf Ali (28) of Nalbari and Safikul Hussain (28) of Hajo. So is the Titan showroom robbery solved? What is the status of the MP Jewellers’ robbery case? The Bhangagarh OC was transferred after MP Jewellers’ robbery. Now has the new OC managed to get a lead? As the police have nabbed three suspects in the Titan showroom theft case, did the arrests help in any way to solve the case? G Plus takes a look. 

The MP Jewellers case

On 9th May at around 6.45 pm four masked men entered the MP Jewellers showroom located at Post Office, Srimanta Sankar Dev Path and looted jewellery worth Rs 3.5 crores. The robbers had arms and one of them fired in the air thrice from a pistol to throw a scare into those present inside the shop. The police, after investigation, came to know that the private security guard of the jewellery shop, Prem Singh, was absent that day. The police tracked the guard to Hojai, his native place. Police arrested Prem Singh and his close associate Neelkamal Singh from Hojai and they were brought to Guwahati and interrogated in the Crime Branch. One Basanta Singh, relative of Prem Singh, was also picked up but later only Prem and Neelkamal were forwarded to the court which sent them to 5-day police custody. Initially, there were rumours that Prem Singh was the mastermind of the robbery as his mother in-law was not well and he desperately required money. But later all these theories had to be debunked. The Bhangagarh OC was transferred after the incident and a new OC was brought in. Now it’s been around a month and a half and the police are yet to be in possession of any clue about the robbers. Sources in the police said that the crime branch is aggressively following the case but so far they are clueless regarding the identity of the robbers. There were also calculations that someone from inside the jewellery shop might have masterminded the crime. But till the police make another arrest and identify the exact culprit nothing can be said to be conclusive. So in one and a half months police have failed to solve a robbery case which took place in the heart of the city. 

Titan showroom theft

Recently, Jakhalabandha police arrested some suspects for robbing a shop in the area. Three people were arrested and the Dispur police brought all the three accused to the city for interrogation as, according to the police sources, the modus operandi of the theft which occurred in Jakhalabandha is similar to the theft which took place in the Titan showroom in Guwahati. On 7th June morning at around 10.30 am Dispur police was informed that the previous night some miscreants broke the lock of the shutter of the watch showroom and decamped with watches worth Rs 75 lakhs. The employees of the showroom confirmed that watches worth Rs 75 lakhs had been stolen. A case was registered in Dispur police station (case number – 1429/17 under section 461/380 of IPC) and the police picked up one Raju Basfor from the Solapara area. Police sources said that Basfor was working in the showroom as a cleaner and was absent for the previous two days. The police case in-charge, when questioned, said that Basfor had not been arrested but only detained and similarly many other employees of the showroom were being questioned. The detention of Basfor shed no light on the incident and the police were not able to find the actual culprits. After the three recent arrests G Plus talked to Dispur police sources and they informed that the interrogation process is still on. The trio so far has not confessed to any involvement in the Titan showroom theft. Hence, the case remains unsolved as yet. 

Silchar MP Sushmita Dev had said that the kidnapped child of Assam University professor was found only because of public outcry on social media and the Assam police did not locate the child. Rather, the public did. She also said that the Silchar police have, till now, not been able to trace the kidnapper and so should not claim any credit. All this just goes to show that Assam Police have recently failed to prove their mettle. 

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