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Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: The capital city of Odisha seems to be slowly turning into the crime capital of the State due to a rise in criminal activities be it loot, snatching, or even murder in broad daylight.

Observers believe that Covid pandemic induced lockdowns considerably reduced criminal activities, but the easing of relaxations and gradual commencement of economic activities seemed to have given an unlock pass to the anti-socials.

Series of criminal incidents in Bhubaneswar, mostly targeting senior citizens and women, have been the disconcerting signs of deteriorating law and order situation.

Santilata Behera, a 70-year-old woman in Shailashree Vihar area was robbed while she was plucking flowers from outside her house early morning on Tuesday.  Two unidentified miscreants came towards Santilata and suddenly snatched her earring before fleeing the spot. Santilata fell down on the ground and was injured in the incident.

Earlier this month on October 1, a girl on her scooter was robbed near Rasulgarh Canal Road. She sustained critical injuries after the criminals shoved her from her vehicle while trying to snatch her mobile phone.

Just 5 days after the incident, another girl had to suffer the same fate near Apollo Hospitals.

All these incidents have triggered fear among the residents of the city.

Bhagabat Prasad Das, a senior citizen who lives in Bhubaneswar, expressed his concern and dismay over the deteriorating law and order situation.

“The situation has become so serious that most elderly people, girls, and women have become fearful. So the responsibility of the police and media has become more crucial,” he said.

Not only these, rising incidents of robbery from banks, ATMs, and even murder have evolved as major challenges for the Commissionerate Police especially ahead of the festive season.

In order to deal with the situation, Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash said that policing will be intensified further.

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