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RIMS road heist : Daylight robbery :: What is the stage of the probe ?
- The Sangai Express Editorial :: April 05 2018 -



Fits the understanding of the term ‘daylight robbery’.

The light was yet to dawn fully, but what happened at RIMS road in the wee hours of March 30 looked like something straight out of a movie, with the robbers keeping one step ahead of everyone.

For those fortunate enough to have watched the footage caught live on the CCTV camera installed at the medical store run by the SALAI Holdings Pvt Ltd, the daring act of robbery more than revealed that it was well prepared.

For the benefits of those who are yet to witness the ‘daylight robbery’, here is a brief recap.

Nine innocuous looking men arrived at the medical store, not in groups, but in twos and threes and after studying the vicinity, closed ranks and pulled a large cloth over the locked gate of the medical store while one ducked beneath and worked his way through after breaking the shutter, all behind the cover provided by the cloth.

CCTV cameras installed inside the store also caught the lone man breaking open the safe of the store and making his way back to join his comrades on the street.

From there all briskly and purposefully walked away, without drawing attention from the early morning joggers and those who were out on some errands.

Interestingly all the nine men had come prepared to make a quick dash, as all of them had suitcases, with their belongings firmly rolled up.

Most likely the thieves were not non-local people who had stayed in Imphal for a long period of time.

Maybe they all had come alone, looking for some work to earn some money, but in the end wound up laying their hands on some hard cash-Rs 5 lakh in all.

No one seems to know where the nine thieves have disappeared, but more than likely that they have made their way outside the State by now.

The question now is, at what stage is the investigation on ?

Has the State police been able to make any headway in breaking the case ?

Why have their identities not been spelt out, or is it a case of the Government having no clue on who they are, despite the CCTV camera catching them live in action ?

Doesn’t this say something significant about the check gates that have been put up along the National Highways, especially after the JCILPS raised the call to regulate the inflow of non-local people into the State ?

Did the State police sound a red alert and convey the same to the neighbouring States, especially to Nagaland, Assam and Mizoram.

The shortest and quickest way to exit from the State is via National Highway 2 that takes one to Dimapur and then further to Guwahati and based on this logic, what were the steps taken up by the State Government, particularly the Police Department ?

Did it get in touch with their counterparts in Nagaland and Assam ?

The March 30 theft may just turn out to be the fillip to the JCILPS to pursue their demand with renewed vigour and this is all the more reason why the State Government need to act adequately.

It was much more than the theft of Rs 5 lakh, and if not tackled judiciously it could lead to unwanted developments.

On the other hand, it is also important for all to bear in mind that not all the non-locals should be painted with the same brush.



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