Bhosari police in the eye of a storm

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.

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