Posted On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 01:15:56 AM
|The German Bakery blast prompted a frenzy of demolition drives in the area
After the 13th February blast in German Bakery, things have changed in Koregaon Park. If it sounds like a surreal disclaimer from an insurance company after you are dead, too bad! You signed on the fine print. You were told so. Here is a brief summary of the ‘progress report’:
- All claims of getting important clues about the blast, if true, were too sensitive to share with the general public. To say anything would have amounted to a transfer, as was learnt later
- Not one guy is being arrested. In spite of all the aforementioned important clues
- Sharing things with aam janata is not safe. This would have alarmed the enemy across the border for things that were apparently done by the enemy itself
- To get milk and take your dog out, residents (regardless of age, gender and ailments) have to take the other route, which is usually longer. Koregaon Park is the most unsafe area now... say, after pockets of Beirut and Lahore
- Demolition squads are back and small players are dealt with the rule of law, shown their ‘size’. German Bakery would be one of them. Big ones are not touched. Their turn hasn’t come as of now, as they were never a security threat
- The police want every society to install X-ray scanners and metal detectors to check on the jholas of kaamwaalis and sticks of watchmen. Every society to also have CCTVs
- The societies don’t know how they will get the money to set those systems in place
- There is a check post everywhere. Even at a saner time, expect a cop to come to you and ask, ‘what are you doing here?’
- Because of check posts everywhere, there are traffic snarls. Everywhere
- Because of check posts, lovers don’t meet anymore in the alleys of Koregaon Park
- Some heads have rolled meanwhile. Some beam getting photographed. Some were seen laughing
- There was a talk of having a police post in Koregaon Park on urgent basis for a long time. Now, a flurry of paper work between the police and the PMC, more red tape and delays in order
- Freedom for the Koregaon Park resident is different than rest of us. In light of the unfailing intelligence inputs, national security and terror threats
- The bakery has been given back to owner/ manager with a rider, that they keep the evidences safe
- Compensation cheques have been bouncing, getting delayed and mired in red tape
We can see the progress. Koregaon Park is reeling under a new kind of terror. As if it is responsible for the unfortunate event. It is being punished for the event, by the agencies that should have prevented it in the first place. Had PMC not allowed encroachments in commercial places, this wouldn’t have happened.
Why the officer in the PMC, who was supposed to check this, is not held responsible? Why was he turning a blind eye to this? What was he waiting for? How does he justify his delayed action? Does that officer of PMC’s anti-encroachment drive realise that there is blood on his hands? But there is no case against him.
If the police had been as careful, as it is acting now, the chances would have been lesser. Had it mobilised its own rank and files, had it executed things on its own rather than just issuing advisories, which seem difficult to follow, had they put cameras in places, had they led from the front rather than telling them to be careful...
Even if you demolish all of Koregaon Park and check every moving object, it can’t undo the ‘blot on India’s record’ of internal security. Koregaon Park is paying for being the ‘aberration’. Why else would Koregaon see such a fortified bandobast now, if there was no intelligence failure?
You know what — somehow, the police believe the guy who left the bag in the bakery is going to come back! Though they don’t have any idea of how the person(s) looks like, but they are pretty sure they will catch him. They won’t let him go next time. Somehow and I don’t know how, they seem so sure.
In this very dramatic situation, I imagine a stranger coming back to the bakery and telling the dutiful cop there — ‘Did you see a backpack, I had left on February 13th?’ And then he/ they would eventually be caught by our lathi-wielding brave cops.