Bhosari police,which has been under fire from citizens for some time now,found itself facing flak again after four shops were burgled in Kasarwadi area Sunday. The latest thefts took place in the same area where thieves struck twice in the past two months. The spate of crime in the area,including the murder of a businessmen and several robberies,have triggered fears among local residents.
On Sunday,residents in and around Sagar Plaza society in Kasarwadi woke up to find four shops burgled. Goods and cash worth Rs 4 lakh were stolen. The thefts have been captured on CCTV cameras.
In the same area,Rs 2 lakh and 20 tolas of gold were stolen a month-and-a-half back from the residence of Jeetendra Landge,a Congress leader. The police have no clue as to who the thieves are, said Prakash Landge,a relative.
A month back,thieves struck at the Ganesh temple which was built by residents of Sagar Heights in Kasarwadi. They stole the donation box, said Sachin Nimbalkar,a resident. Nimbalkar said a fortnight ago,thieves made a futile attempt to steal the audio system from a car belonging to a local resident. They smashed the window,but did not succeed in stealing the audio system as the watchman woke up, he said.
In all these cases,Bhosari police have been unable to catch the culprits. Both Bhosari police station and Kasarwadi police chowky are located on the Pune-Nashik highway,at least two kms away from the residential locality. Residents say that in the evening,policemen are rarely seen around the area.
The greatest failure on the part of Bhosari police,say residents,is the fact that the terrorists who triggered the August 2012 blasts on Jangli Maharaj Road in Pune city,had rented a flat in Kasarwadi area.
The Indian Mujahideen operatives had stayed there for a couple of months and assembled the explosives used in the blasts. Following this revelation,Bhosari police carried out a campaign against the people who had rented out their flats. However,residents said the drive was already underway in the aftermath of the German Bakery blast,but had slowed down at that particular point of time,giving the terrorists an opportunity to rent the flat.
A year ago,a jewellery shop was looted in broad daylight and the owner was brutally beaten up. The owner is still recovering. A couple of months ago,the police succeeded in cracking the case and arrested the culprits.
Two years ago,a businessman was murdered in Kasarwadi. All four youths arrested lived in the locality. One was already facing a murder charge. Two years later,all four have been acquitted in and are moving about freely.
Bhosari police failed to produce proper evidence in court. If the four have been acquitted,who murdered the businessman? Shouldnt the police catch the culprits? asked a resident.
Yet another murder took place a year ago near Jalwalkar Vasti area where corporator Kiran Mote stays. A builder from Pune was shot dead. Some youths from Kasarwadi were caught in connection with the case and are now out on bail and living in the same area.
A fortnight ago,journalists from Pimpri-Chinchwad,were threatened by Bhosari police inspector,who said he would seize their cameras and put them behind bars. They were at the police station to seek details in a rape case at a PCMC run Bhosari hospital when the inspector targeted them, said Jayant Jadhav,president of Pimpri-Chinchwad Shramik Patrakar Sangh.
DCP Shahaji Umap said an inquiry has been launched into the incident.
Since there is no presence of policemen in Kasarwadi area,thieves and goons have been emboldened, said corporator Kiran Mote. He said there was a pressing need to set up a police chowky in the residential area.