http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20111215/punjab.htm#7Robberies: Panicky petrol dealers write to DGP
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, December 14
Perturbed over six incidents of looting in various petrol filling stations between Ludhiana and Phagwara in the past 24 hours, the Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association has written to the Director-General of Police (DGP) to adopt strict measures to arrest the accused else they would be forced to shut filling stations at night.
Ashok Sachdeva, general secretary of the association, said it was disturbing that six petrol stations had been targeted between Ludhiana and Phagwara in the past 24 hours and about Rs 2 lakh was robbed.
“Such incidents used to take place during the years of militancy. Now again some anti-social elements have started attacking filling stations on the outskirts. If these incidents are not controlled immediately, we will be forced to shut the stations during night hours, which will cause inconvenience to commuters,” he said.
In a letter to the state DGP and the Home Secretary, the association president JP Khanna said 34 petrol stations had already been targeted in the last six months. Also, the employees of the outlets were attacked. The employees engaged at the stations were migrant labourers who were performing duty against a threat to their life.“Special permission must be given by the respective District Magistrates to sanction arms licences to petrol dealers who applied. The licenced weapon will boost the morale of the employees and equip them to face attackers,” he added.Criminals have a field day, says Amarinder
Chandigarh: PCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab. He said Punjab roads were no longer safe and people were scared to move out, particularly during late hours as criminals were having a field day, looting and robbing anybody at their own discretion. Quoting newspapers reports, he said about 30 incidents
of serious crimes were reported during the past 48 hours
across the state which included a series of thefts, robberies and murders. These were only those which had been reported and registered by the police as there were several other incidents where police either failed to or preferred not to take any cognisance, he claimed. — TNSPunjab is going for poll and EC has already directed all Licence holders to deposit there weapons, criminals are going to have field day for sure.