Published On : Wed, Apr 1st, 2015

Is Nagpur emerging ‘Crime Capital’? Spurt in grave crimes rattle the Second Capital

Nagpur: Is Second Capital City of Nagpur emerging ‘Crime Capital’ of Maharashtra? The spurt in crimes and worsening law and order situation being witnessed in city pointedly suggest the dubious title. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), during election campaigning, had promised ‘crime-free’ Maharashtra and people voted them to power as well. But the picture is contradictory as 2-3 grave crimes have been routinely occurring since the past 125 days. Was the poll promise a hollow one? This is charge of Regional Secretary of All India Human Rights Monitoring Committee Lalsingh Thakur.

Thakur had shot two letters to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently and expressed his concern over deteriorating law and order situation in city and district as well. Thakur had urged the Chief Minister, who is also holding Home portfolio, to curb the rising crimes with heavy hand.

According to Thakur, yesterday’s firing incident in North Nagpur, escaping of prisoners from Kamptee Hospital and the audacious jail-break in Nagpur in which five dreaded criminals made their escape by scaling Central Prison walls, adequately point out the worrisome crime scenario in Nagpur. “Moreover, the Chief Minister is claiming better law and order situation in the State. It is hollow claim. The fact is that the Second Capital City of Nagpur is fast emerging as ‘Crime Capital’ of Maharashtra in no uncertain terms,” charged Thakur.

“The Nagpur jail is hosting several dreaded criminals. The security is expected to be air tight. In this situation, ‘vanishing’ of five prisoners is certainly a serious issue,” said Thakur.

The Regional Secretary of All India Human Rights Monitoring Committee has warned that he will soon file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for justice if the ruling BJP, the Chief Minister and Home Ministry failed to initiate firm measures aimed at curbing the crimes in State in general and Nagpur in particular.