Horrible experience in Puri ,Odisha

#1 May 5th, 2015, 15:06
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me & my husband reached puri rail station on 30th april,2015 at about 4 am by duronto exp.As we had no prior booking,We wanted to go Hotel Sonali as early as possible.we took a rickshaw from the outside of station,many other passengers took rickshaw & auto also on that time.after few minutes we noticed that all other rickshaws and autos are over taking our rickshaw & our rickshaw is moving slower to slower.the road was very lonely,but we had no option to change the rickshaw on the middle of the road,all shops were closed.Suddenly our rickshaw stopped and a bike came from my right side,please notice my words ,rickshaw first stopped & then a black colored bike came.2 men were there on that bike, the 2 nd one came and snatched away my backpack from my lap and ran away by bike,all of these happened within 3 to 4 seconds.there was no head light or back light on that bike ,so we couldn't avail to note the number.we were shouting for help,but there no body came,our rickshawala was acting like a puppet ,through all the time of the incident he remained cool & didn't shout for help. we forced him to take us on nearest police station.At about 4.45 am we reached puri beach police station.we informed about the the whole incident and also the peculiar behavior of that rickshaw wala,we requested the officer in charge to interrogate that man but he didn't, not only that when we wanted to lodge F.I.R he disagreed. After a hot conversation segment when i felt sick,they told us to come at about 9 am .From that day to the next day night 9.30pm we had to go to the police station for 7 times to get a copy of the F.I.R.all of my id proofs were there on my bag,so we were compelled to do that.some times they were trying to say that the operation spot was not in their area, some times they forced to make a G.D against the incident, not a F.I.R. The inspector told me many harsh words & also asked 1>why i didn't chased the bike? 2> why i couldn't resist that man 3> why i am not giving him any clue except their facial description etc.
so be very careful to visit puri, don't trust any body on that spot.most of the rickshawalas, auto rickshwas, shop owners ,pandas are ready to cheat you.
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do you have any snap of that rickshawwalla ?

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Originally Posted by Shashwati Dutta View Post me & my husband reached puri rail station on 30th april,2015 at about 4 am by duronto exp.As we had no prior booking,We wanted to go Hotel Sonali as early as possible.
When is sunrise now a days in Puri ?
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Horrific incident.....Puri is one of my often visited destination.....but now I get really scared to visit there...........
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post do you have any snap of that rickshawwalla ?
She might not have it, as it might not have occurred to her to take rickshawwallah's photo...
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post When is sunrise now a days in Puri ?
The Sun rose at 05:19 Hrs on 30-April-2015.
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This is a sad incident.. In fact i would say that priests inside the temples are from the same community.. if you do not wish to donate anything then they tend to snatch things from you hands.

So did they interrogate the auto rickshaw driver or not ?
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Really horrible incident.
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Makes me happy that I slept on the rail platform in that town till dawn once. I hope you availed of that old standby a money belt..
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A very unfortunate incident, but the OP's response to it is emotional and adversarial. She has no proof that the rickshawallah was responsible for anything, but is confidently making the accusation anyway.,Clearly she has had a vigorous argument ("hot conversation", apparently a Bengali expression) with the police, but her expectation that they will be able to do something about this is naive. No proof, no evidence, no photographs, but the police should magically retrieve the backpack? Come on. I get it that the OP is upset, and with good reason, but it's no reason to lash out at someone else who is not responsible for this. (Unfortunately, in all my years growing up in Kolkata, I have seen many people behave in an intemperate and emotional way when under stress. However, politeness is always more effective.)

Hit-and-run thefts like this happen to travelers all over the world, and are actually quite a bit more common in Europe (Paris, Florence...) than in India. There is nothing here to indicate that Puri is any less safe than anywhere else in India. One incident is understandably more important than overall statistics if it happens to you, but that doesn't mean anything to anyone else.

Why did the OP keep valuables and ID in an easily stolen backpack? That's the real question. In future, travel defensively. Also, work to reduce the extreme poverty and obscene inequality that drive people to desperate measures.
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I concur with edwardseco. Puri has the worst tourist vibe of anyplace I have been in India, closely followed by Bhuvanesvar. Does not apply to Orissa as a whole, however. Konark and Satapada are wonderful, and when I want to visit Puri - which is seldom - I stay there.
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Originally Posted by abracax View Post Puri has the worst tourist vibe of anyplace I have been in India, closely followed by Bhuvanesvar.
I agree 150%. The only thing I enjoyed was visiting the Temple of the 64 Yoginis and Sun Temple. I was ripped off by a merchant when I bought some jewelry and did not realize it until I left Cuttack.

As for what RPG said, sorry, but that's victim-blaming. What happened to the OP was unconscionable and while shit happens all over, saying that what happened "doesn't mean anything to anyone else" is less than compassionate.

What happened to the OP sucks and I'm sure you'd feel like shit if it happened to you! Telling someone to "work to reduce the extreme poverty and obscene inequality that drive people to desperate measures" is questionable.

What is she supposed to do as one tourist to the area? You might as well tell every tourist (both Indian and western) that as well as Indians and ex-pats!
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post A very unfortunate incident, but the OP's response to it is emotional and adversarial. She has no proof...

Hit-and-run thefts like this happen to travelers all over the world, and are actually quite a bit more common in Europe (Paris, Florence...) than in India...
You're kidding, right?

Next you'll be telling us that she brought it on herself by the way she dressed. Or will you just try to bury us in meaningless statistics?
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Also, work to reduce the extreme poverty and obscene inequality that drive people to desperate measures.
I think that that reduces crime to absurd levels of causation. Bernie Madoff stole because he was poor. I did enjoy the thought of the OP reducing poverty enough in the world so as to get rid of crime, met more than a few naive NGO types who seriously thought that, worth the giggle. I will fault the OP for travelling with their ID in their backpack, an obvious target. Of course, when there was a break in at my home base state side and the buggers went straight for my backpack and you know what was stored there..
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Originally Posted by Shashwati Dutta View Post me & my husband reached puri rail station on 30th april,2015 at about 4 am by duronto exp.As we had no prior booking,We wanted to go Hotel Sonali as early as possible.we took a rickshaw from the outside of station,many other passengers took rickshaw & auto also on that time.after few minutes we noticed that all other rickshaws and autos are over taking our rickshaw & our rickshaw is moving slower to slower.the road was very lonely,but we had no option to change the rickshaw on the middle of the road,all shops were closed.Suddenly our rickshaw stopped and a bike came from my right side,please notice my words ,rickshaw first stopped & then a black colored bike came.2 men were there on that bike, the 2 nd one came and snatched away my backpack from my lap and ran away by bike,all of these happened within 3 to 4 seconds.there was no head light or back light on that bike ,so we couldn't avail to note the number.we were shouting for help,but there no body came,our rickshawala was acting like a puppet ,through all the time of the incident he remained cool & didn't shout for help. we forced him to take us on nearest police station.At about 4.45 am we reached puri beach police station.we informed about the the whole incident and also the peculiar behavior of that rickshaw wala,we requested the officer in charge to interrogate that man but he didn't, not only that when we wanted to lodge F.I.R he disagreed. After a hot conversation segment when i felt sick,they told us to come at about 9 am .From that day to the next day night 9.30pm we had to go to the police station for 7 times to get a copy of the F.I.R.all of my id proofs were there on my bag,so we were compelled to do that.some times they were trying to say that the operation spot was not in their area, some times they forced to make a G.D against the incident, not a F.I.R. The inspector told me many harsh words & also asked 1>why i didn't chased the bike? 2> why i couldn't resist that man 3> why i am not giving him any clue except their facial description etc.
so be very careful to visit puri, don't trust any body on that spot.most of the rickshawalas, auto rickshwas, shop owners ,pandas are ready to cheat you.
An awful experience, and the kind that most tourists fear as they arrive at a new station or airport in the middle of the night.

I can also understand the frustration with the way the police dealt with the situation and made you return to the station so many times.

The first thing the police should have done is to check out the rickshaw to see if it was slow running or working normally.

Can you tell me what you mean when you ask the police to interrogate the rickshaw driver?

What do you think happens when the police interrogate a suspect?
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post Why did the OP keep valuables and ID in an easily stolen backpack? That's the real question. In future, travel defensively. Also, work to reduce the extreme poverty and obscene inequality that drive people to desperate measures.
Congratulations on constructing the most idiotic post I've read this year. Bravo.

I'd imagine she kept her valuables and ID in her backpack, as like most tourists not expecting to be robbed, it's where you keep them. Should she have put them in a clear bag and swallowed them ready to deposit later in a safe place?

As for your second point, wow, just wow. So she deserved this for not doing more to reduce poverty? Firstly, quite a sweeping statement bearing in mind you know nothing about the OP. Secondly, would have working towards reducing poverty helped prevent this? I doubt it very much bearing in mind the thieves had a motorcycle; they don't sound overly impoverished to me.

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