Rising crime trend in MP worries former cops
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Last Updated: Friday, March 09, 2012, 13:02
Bhopal: The image of Madhya Pradesh has taken a beating due to the recent spurt in incidents of crime, be it the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood or the killing of young IPS Officer, Narendra Kumar allegedly by the growing mining mafia in the state.

"This is a new trend in Madhya Pradesh and a very dangerous one. Such incidents were unheard of in the state and it is a matter of grave concern," former Director General of Police (DGP) SC Tripathi told a news agency today.

These things normally take place in Banda-Kanpur region of Uttar Pradesh, but this a new thing for the state, he said.

"It (Shehla's killing) was a well calculated murder in which first the target was eliminated and later to destroy the evidence, the shooter was gunned down," he said adding though it is a matter of probe that whether he was killed because of gang rivalry, accident or something else.

The CBI probe is moving in a right direction but it has to recover the weapon to prove that the bullet used in the murder came out of the particular pistol or not, he said.

"This is a dangerous trend in Madhya Pradesh as earlier professional gangs were involved in crimes like kidnapping or dacoity, but never an assassin was hired for eliminating someone and that too by a woman. I never came across such a thing in my over three-decade long career," Tripathi said.

Endorsing the view, former Director General of Police (DGP) AR Pawar said, "even I have never come across an incident like Shehla’s murder in which professional shooters were engaged by a woman for eliminating another female."


First Published: Friday, March 09, 2012, 13:02

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