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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Ambala, August 19, 2013
The Ambala- Panchkula police commissioner Rajbir Deswal has appealed to residents of the two districts to not give credence to rumours of kala kachha gang being active in the region.
In a release issued on Monday, he said the police had been receiving about six calls regarding movement of suspicious people every day, but all had been found to be a result of panic. He, however, said they were taking the calls seriously.

He claimed that not a single case had been reported in the two districts and all areas bordering areas in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab were being taken care of.

He said the modus operandi of such gangs is to strike between 1am and 3am.  "An assistant commissioner of police-rank officer, station house officers, and the in charges of all police posts have been tasked with patrolling," he said.

Following the rumours, residents of several villages in the area have been out on voluntary night patrols since Saturday.The sarpanch of Sambhalkha village near here, Ajay Chauhan, said they had started theekri pehra (night patrolling).

He said residents in sixteen villages of the area were on night patrols between 10 pm and 4 am every day. "We have informed the police about the rumours and they have suggested theekri pehras," he said.