The city police have become mute spectators of increasing incidents of snatching and carjacking, it appears.
In the past few months, several such incidents were reported in the city. But, the police are still investigating with no developments having been made in them.
On Friday, in broad daylight two bikers snatched a woman’s bag containing Rs 80,000. Though the police control room (PCR) vehicle tried to chase the bikers, they got away.
This raises question about the effectiveness of PCR vans.
Though PCRs have been spotted doing the rounds in markets and other places to keep vigil, such incidents do not say much in their favour.
SAS Nagar in-charge of PCR Sukhjit Singh conceded that PCR’s success rate in catching snatchers was not very high. By the time information reached the vehicle, thieves usually fled the scene, he said.
Talking about Friday’s incident, he said snatchers had over sped even amid heavy traffic which was also a reason for their escape.
Former councillor Kuljeet Singh Bedi, a resident of Phase 3B2, called PCRs “dummy vehicles” as they did not function well which caused a rise in such incidents.
That such incidents were witnessed during the day painted the city as an unsafe place, he said.
A similar incident on March 2, where two motorcyclists snatched a bag containing Rs 6 lakhs from a gas agency owner, in Phase 9 market in SAS Nagar, is still being investigated.
Such cases have also been reported from peripheral areas and are still being investigated.
In a recent incident on September 20, three unidentified persons robbed a car at gunpoint, in Phase 5. They also fired gunshots before leaving the place. Within eleven days, on October 2, another car was stolen at gunpoint in Mullanpur. Both cases are still being probed.
SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inder Mohan Singh said they had identified the robbers in the car thefts. However, they refused to disclose further information.