The public it seems is all too eager to help the police nab the man who robbed Sector-22 jewellery store, Karan Jewellers of 19 gold chains, in broad daylight on August 4.
Two days after the department announced an award of Rs 50,000 on clues leading to the robber, caught on the CCTV cameras at the shop, more than 500 calls have been received on the five numbers made earmarked for this purpose.
Sources said that phones had not stopped ringing since award was announced and the fact that the identity of the caller is to be kept secret.
What do the callers say?
The callers have been giving all kinds of information. Some claim that they have seen the accused in Chandigarh many times. Others state that the robber was a hard-core criminal and had been lodged in a jail about a month ago. The department claims that most of the inputs are from Punjab.
A large number of callers have told the police that they have seen the robber in Punjab, following which the department sent teams to nearby areas in Punjab and Haryana. A team was also sent to Amritsar to get clues on the robber.
The department seems to be working on a well-planned strategy this time.
All the three units, crime, operation and the central division are working in close coordination and UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill is monitoring the case.
To tackle the calls in an effective manner and ensure that no clue is missed, the police are picking up one theory at a time and after clearing their doubts and carrying out investigations, move on the next theory. The robber had left the salesman injured with a gunshot before escaping with the chains on August 4.