GUWAHATI: Residents of Guwahati has been crippled with numerous difficulties throughout the year. Starting from artificial flood to drinking water crisis, dilapidated road and traffic congestion they have to negotiate lives only with a hope that tomorrow will turn better.
However, the residents of Lamb Road, Ambari have very recently been encountering a new challenge in and around the locality. There has been an increasing number of cases where two-wheelers parked on the road have been stolen by miscreants in intervals of 1 or 2 days. Residents blame it on the lack of intervention by the police as well as unavailability of streetlights on the road.
Ambari in the city has a large number of directorates of state government departments. Lamb Road residents boast of their ‘oldest locals’ identity in the city. Further, the menace of malfunctioning streetlights on the road is a matter of serious concern.
The entire stretch from the approach of the Lamb Road up to Latasil playground looms in total darkness in the evening. The surroundings of Jorpukhuri are infested by anti-social elements taking advantage of the darkness. Streetlights don’t work in the area,” another resident said.
A long-time resident of Lamb Road is of the view that anti-social activities besides the Jorpukhuri have become a regular order of business in the evenings. “Taking advantage of illegal parking of cab services near the Pukhuri, miscreants resort to illegal activities. The newly set up parking space near Jorpukhuri by the cab services is making things worse. Locals are finding no space to park their vehicles,” he said.
Residents say police accountable for trouble
Residents of Lamb Road are holding the police accountable for the thefts in the area. A resident, on the condition of anonymity, said that even after several complaints registered with Latasil police station against thefts in the area, police have failed to address the issues. “A homeguard came to interrogate in the recent theft case. The police wrapped up the investigation after a preliminary investigation. Nothing on the ground been noted thereafter. The police has also been creating nuisance in the area. Unauthorized police personnel like the homeguards are seen blowing sirens every evening. Latasil police station personnel are also seen setting up check-posts or seen maintaining vigil in areas less necessary, like near the hostels of Handique College and Cotton College,” the resident said.
On being asked about the frequent thefts in the locality, Latasil PS officer-in-charge Sunil Kalita completely negated the idea of lackadaisical attitude on the part of Latasil PS.