With a domestic help being strangled to death by unknown assailants in Massorie village,Ghaziabad,on March 12,the number of murders Ghaziabad has witnessed in the last two-and-a-half months has touched 25.
Increasing incidents of robbery have also contributed to a rise in crime in the district it has witnessed 35 robberies,including Thursdays robbery at Shoppers Stop,where jewellery worth Rs 80 lakh was stolen.
The months of January and February have also seen frequent changes in the administration with transfers of senior superintendents of police.
In January,the police recorded at least 13 cases of murder and 24 instances of robbery. Money and valuables lost in these robberies ranges from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. These figures dont include the robbery at ICICI Bank in December,when Rs 31.6 lakh were taken.
February brought no respite with it and Ghaziabad witnessed 10 murders and 10 robberies halfway through the month. February saw two kidnappings and 10 killings, a senior police officer said. Navya,the two-and-a-half-year-old daughter of businessman Namit Jain,was kidnapped on February 7. On February 9,another businessman,Girish,a resident of Sihani Gate,reported his sons kidnapping. The police also recovered a note asking for a ransom of Rs 15 lakh.
Sachin Chaudhary,the son of a Congress leader Veer Singh,was shot dead on February 9. The same day,some unknown assailants shot at a showroom owner and committed robbery.
The district also witnessed some incidents of suicide. In Sahibabad,Shikha Pathak,an employee with an MNC,committed suicide on February 9. Manoj Sharma,a property dealer,also committed suicide. Nitisha,a medical student and resident of Kamla Nehru Nagar,allegedly committed suicide on February 10, a senior officer said.
January 10: Accountant Bhushan Sharma,wife and daughter are murdered in Hapur
January 21: Ajeet Singh,property dealers 10-year-old son,is murdered in Nandgram
January 24: Abhishek,student of Lajpat Rai College,Sahibabad is shot dead in Sahibabad
January 30: Raj mistri Ashok Kumar is murdered in Moradabad
February 2: Pushpendra,student of Class VII,is murdered in Sahibabad
February 3: Physically challenged Lokesh is murdered Pilkhuwa
February 5: Sarthak Chawla,son of doctor couple,is murdered and his mother is attacked with sharp object in Raj Nagar
February 9: Sachin Chaudhary,son of Congress leader Veer Singh,is shot dead in Sihani Gate