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New RR Pet turns haven for criminals

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New Rajarajeshwari Pet has now turned into a notorious hub for criminals owing to the socio-economic factors and the alleged indifference of the police.

Vijayawada: New Rajarajeshwari Pet has now turned into a notorious hub for criminals owing to the socio-economic factors and the alleged indifference of the police.

Two days after Joint Commissioner of Police Ramana Kumar announcing at a press conference that Ajit Singh Nagar Police Station Circle Inspector Ch P Krishnam Raju was suspended for his ‘lapses’ that led to rickshaw-puller G Venkateswara Rao’s murder in broad daylight on July 27, The Hans India tried to catch the mood of people of the locality on Monday.

RR Pet main road wore a deserted look with traders downing their shutters. A couple of RR Nagar residents shared their woes. They said that the police were indifferent and negligent in registering their complaints against the rowdy elements.

Speaking to the media, a Sub-Inspector said every year, about 500 crimes have been reported at Ajit Singh Nagar police station which has a Station House Officer and four Sub-inspectors. It was the only police station in the North zone of Vijayawada Police Commissionerate to have more police officers and staff, he added.

An SI said RR Pet flats were given to displaced people of Krishnalanka, Satyanarayanapuram and canal bunds. There are 972 flats in G plus 3 housing blocks. “There are 30 rowdy-sheeters residing in the colony.

Another 30 suspects (who have committed offence at least once in the past) are also living here. We conducted cordon search at RR Pet to instil confidence among people of other localities where incidents of thefts were reported,” he added.

E Swamy, a mason worker, said when the police organised cordon search, they verified their identity with the Aadhaar card. “We never committed any crime. But we consume alcohol to get relief from body pains. Women in our families are also working somewhere or the other to support family. But our children go to school,” Swamy said.

S Nagaraju, a daily wager, said he earned Rs 500 a day. “We spend Rs 150 on alcohol every day. Without liquor, we cannot survive,” he added.

Sources in police department said the police failed to catch Khal Nayak during cordon search. They further said that Khal Nayak could escape from the police.

The unoccupied housing blocks at RR Nagar have become shelters for anti-social elements and dreaded ‘blade batch’ was also active there, informed a reliable source in the police. More than 2,000 blade batch members have been carrying out their activities at different places in the city. They flash a blade and rob people during night, the source informed.

Erubotu Sravani, corporator for 52nd division of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation said that it was wrong to point out an accusing finger at RR Pet only for criminals as they are everywhere. She urged the Commissioner of Police to allow traders in the main bazaar to continue with their businesses.

By Noor Shaik

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