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While some people told The Hindu that lax policing in Bangalore was the cause of such incidents, others said the "gun culture" had come to stay in the City, and police seemed to be powerless to stop it.
The robbery, which occurred in a busy area, seems to have also shaken the City police. While the police top bass held meetings, lower-level officers swung into action, and set up barricades at intersections and busy thoroughfares to check two-wheelers.
Several people said it was unfortunate that Bangalore was witnessing a spurt in such crimes. They pointed out that a cashier of the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) was shot at in Banaswadi, sometime ago.
Two months ago, Ashok R. Guttedar (30), an excise contractor and half-brother of Subash Gutedar, MLA, was shot dead at close range in his father-in-law's house in Rajajinagar.
The first in a series of such incidents was the murder of a realtor, Subbaraju, in the Vyalikaval police station limits, on January 5, 2001. Many of the cases have not been solved, and though the police claim that they have been doing their best, it does not seem to be enough.
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