Tall claims of police about night patrolling fell flat, as the burglars targeted 10 shops in bearing market near Jagraon Bridge area on Thursday late and decamped with cash and other valuables.
The incident came to light when the traders came to open their shops on Thursday morning. They were shocked to see the locks were broke opened and the shops were ransacked.
Shops that have been burgled include Dashmesh bearing store, Ranbir mill store, Sahil bearing, Guru Kirpa bearing, Guru Kirpa mobile store, Ashoka tool house, Shiva tools and Gupta traders.
A trader, Indermohan Singh, said, “The burglars have stolen `7,000 from my shop.”
Similarily, `25,000 cash and an LCD TV was stolen from Guru Kripa store, `9,000 from Dashmesh Store, `6,000 cash and LCD from Sahil Bearings, `1,000 from Ranvir Engineering, `25,000 and mobile phones from Guru Kripa Mobile Store, `18,000 cash and LCD TV from Balaji Tools, cash and valuables from Malkit tools and Punjab Bearings.
Fumed over the burglaries, the traders blocked the Jagraon Bridge due to which traffic remained hit for at least half an hour. The traders alleged that the police had failed to protect their properties.
Meanwhile, the cops from Division Number 1 police station also reached the spot and initiated investigation. Assistant commissioner of police (North) Dhruv Dhaiya tried to pacify the protesters and warned them to lift protest or face action. ACP also assured the shopkeepers of security in the market during night time. Shopkeepers slammed the police and said it was for the fourth time when shops were targeted by the burglars.
A shopkeeper, Harpreet Singh, said, “The burglars have been captured in the close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in the market. According to the CCTV footage, eight burglars struck in the market at around 3.40 am and broke open the locks with gas cutter. While some of them broke opened locks of shops, rest of them sat along roadside surrounding a bonfire, and kept alerting them.
Later, a delegation of four trader associations submitted a memorandum to police officials demanding night patrolling in the area. The police have registered a case of burglary against unidentified burglars in this context.