Rajasthan Shocker: Miscreants Open Fire at Alwar Hotel, Demand ₹50 Lakh Extortion Ahead of State Elections
In a brazen and disturbing incident that has shaken the community, unidentified gunmen opened fire at a restaurant in Alwar, Rajasthan on Saturday, October 28. The episode, which was captured on video, has rapidly gone viral, attracting a slew of reactions from the public and politicians alike. What’s more alarming is that this unsettling event comes just weeks before the state assembly elections, scheduled for November 25. This raises serious questions about public safety and law enforcement in Rajasthan.
The Incident in Detail
The video footage shows two masked gunmen arriving at a hotel located at the Telco intersection area, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Alwar Sadar police station. Upon entering, they fired around five shots into the air, prompting panicked patrons to flee the scene. Evidently, the intent was not just to instill fear but also to send a threatening message to the owner of the establishment. The culprits left behind a slip demanding an extortion fee of Rs 50 lakh (approximately $67,000).
VIDEO | “We received information of some miscreants firing at a hotel located at Telco intersection area under Alwar Sadar police station (in Rajasthan) and demanding extortion of Rs 50 lakh. After the firing, the miscreants also left a slip. A police team has been formed to nab… pic.twitter.com/fTWB41cGWD
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) October 29, 2023
The local police were prompt in registering a complaint and initiating an inquiry into the matter. Alwar Superintendent of Police (SP) Anand Sharma confirmed that a specialized team has been formed to apprehend the perpetrators. While the police force may have acted promptly post-incident, questions arise about the preventive measures in place to deter such shocking criminal activities.
The incident has also caused ripples in the political sphere, with the BJP slamming the ruling Congress government for failing to maintain law and order. BJP leader and Pushkar MLA Suresh Singh Rawat took to social media to criticize the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress administration, accusing it of making Rajasthan a “den of crime.” With assembly elections around the corner, the timing of this incident is indeed precarious, and it remains to be seen how it will impact the electoral landscape.
राजस्थान के अलवर में होटल पर बैख़ौफ़ होकर बदमाश गोलियाँ चला रहे हैं , पर्ची डाल कर गये हैं , 50 लाख रुपये पहुँचाने हैं
— Laxmikant bhardwaj (@lkantbhardwaj) October 28, 2023
Social Media Storm
The video of the incident has garnered widespread attention, sparking debates about safety and crime rates in the state. Social media platforms are awash with citizens and activists questioning the efficiency of law enforcement agencies and the preparedness of the government to deal with such incidents.
राजस्थान को अपराध का गढ़ बनाने वाली कांग्रेस सरकार को अब भी शर्म नहीं आ रही ??
अलवर में बेखौफ़ होकर बदमाश होटल पर गोलियां चला रहे है और 50 लाख ₹ देने की पर्ची डालकर गए है। pic.twitter.com/0hjjP08jQ9
— Suresh Singh Rawat (@SureshRawatIN) October 29, 2023
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Implications for Business Owners
The extortion demand left behind by the criminals indicates that local businesses may be at risk. This creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear, likely impacting local commerce and tourism.
While the police investigation is still underway, this episode brings to the forefront critical issues surrounding public safety, law enforcement, and governance. With the assembly elections looming, it serves as a litmus test for the incumbent government, forcing a reevaluation of its policies and effectiveness. The incident also underlines the urgent need for heightened security measures to restore public confidence and ensure such incidents are not repeated.