A broad daylight robbery in Sector 22 has sent shockwaves among the shopkeeper fraternity.
Despite Sector 22 having one of the busiest markets in the city, the robber audaciously struck at the jewellery shop, leaving shopkeepers worried about their security.
Also both shop owners and jewellers are quiet upset with the police and want them to take some stringent measures.
The traders have accused the police of inaction stating that several requests of increasing patrolling in the area, which has a number of jewellery shops and ATMs, fell on deaf ears.
Some shopkeepers claimed that a day after a jeweller was attacked and robbed inside his shop in broad daylight in Mansa Devi Complex (MDC) on July 13 they held a meeting with police officials. A number of required measures were discussed, but nothing much had been done so far, they alleged.
Arvind Jain, president, Market Welfare Association, Sector 22, said, “We have repeatedly requested police officials to pay special attention to markets that have more jewellery shops and banks. Monday’s robbery is sheer lapse on the part of UT police. We requested for a flying squad to be around in the morning and evening, but I haven’t seen much of police presence.”
He said the Sector-17 police station had control of all CCTV cameras in the market corridors. Yet, the police did not inform the shop owner of a non-functional CCTV camera. Meanwhile, jewellers in the city are a harassed lot as they feel their community is most targeted by criminals. Most claim that safety measures have only been adopted at their end, while police remains indifferent to their security.
Speaking to HT, Subhash Kataria, chairman, Chandigarh Jewellers’ Association, said, “Our delegation will soon meet senior police officials regarding security of jewellers. We have constantly requested police to beef up security where jewellers are more in number, but nothing has been done.”
The jewellers association has further urged jewellers in the tricity to put up warning bells, which if pressed would ring in the neighbouring shops. Also, all jewellers have been advised to put up CCTV cameras and ask every customer to register themselves when they enter the shop. “There is no coordination among police in the tricity, which is a major reason why accused don’t get arrested,” Kataria added.