The month of June has not started on a good note for the Patnaiites. A spike in the crime rate has been observed in the city in the past few days and the city-dwellers are gripped with panic.
Two murders were reported on June 4 itself. In one of the incidents, owner of K.D Utsav Hall was found dead in the wee hours.
Several incidents of killing came to the fore on June 5 also. A property dispute at Park Road pushed a brother to kill his sibling Munna Sahu. Murder of Pinki Sinha, a resident of Ram Krishna Nagar, killed on the same day also grabbed newspaper headlines. She was shot dead by three assailants while she was returning home.
The condition is no different in other districts of Bihar. Last Friday, Arrah, a mobile storeowner and a gas agency worker were murdered in separate incidents during broad daylight. Arrah district remained gripped with panic for the following days when the incidents were reported.
Another murder was reported under Jandaha police station, Vaishali district on Sunday. Police found the body of a schoolteacher dumped on the road near the station while they were patrolling.
Investigation in all cases is still underway. But safety concerns for an average Patnaiite have grown post the incidents. On one hand while the Patna police cries helplessness due to shortage of staff, their own claims are flouted when at least 20 police officials are seen guarding the mangoes and jackfruit-laden trees at Chief Minister’s residence. A prisoner Pramod escaping from civil court after throwing chilli powder in the guard’s eyes further raises question marks on the efficiency of police officials.