New Delhi: On Friday, a Rs 5.25 crore robbery in broad daylight left a security guard in the upmarket Defence Colony area of Delhi, bruised with gunshot injuries. The following day, came the news of a failed robbery attempt at a bank in Inderlok, and finally in the evening, as if to cap it all, another ATM cash van was looted by its own driver, who after drugging the two security guards accompanying him, ran off with Rs 51 lakh.
The spate of robberies have raised serious concerns about the security situation in the national capital. The fact remains that September 2012 has seen a new low in the crime graph of the city. Murders, heists and riots became the order of the day during the month.
In Alipur, a police constable shot his brother-in-law and his mother dead before committing suicide. In Bindapur, six people died after a jilted lover went on a shooting rampage. In Swaroop Nagar in outer Delhi, five people, including the two assailants themselves, died after the two men went on a killing spree. In Rajendra Nagar, a cardiologist was killed by an ex-Army commando. Mayur Vihar area of East Delhi remained cut off from the rest of the city after a riot claimed one life and left 32 others injured. In fact, in every kind of crime, Delhi has recorded more instances till August than it did the whole of last year.
There have been 1427 robberies in 2012 as opposed to 1027 in 2011. Around 454 rapes were reported as opposed to 40 last year. The current year also saw 285 attempted murders and 2485 kidnappings, which are much higher than last year's figures.
These numbers clearly make Delhi feel the Unsafe Capital of the country. The Delhi Police, that is manned directly by the Union Home Ministry, not only needs to answer a lot of tough questions but also pull up its socks.