The police have announced a reward of Rs. 50,000 to anyone who will provide vital clues about the robber who took away three trays of gold chain from a Sector-22 jewellery shop in broad daylight on Monday after leaving a salesman injured with a gunshot.
Sources in the police said the accused appears to be a sportsman, muscleman or a bouncer. The Chandigarh Police called around two-dozen bouncers, wrestlers and gym trainers at crime branch, Sector 17 police station and Sector 22 police post. They were showed the CCTV footage of the accused. Besides photograph of the accused has also been sent to different police stations in Punjab and Haryana. The paying guest owners were also shown the picture to get any clue.
Meanwhile, a slew of instructions were issued by the police to the jewellers, including putting up alarm systems, guards and installing proper CCTV cameras. The station houses officers held a meeting with jewellers in respective areas and briefed them about the mandatory security arrangements.
As only one person was involved in the robbery, the police have questioned bouncers and gymnasium instructors in the city. DSP (central) Ashish Kapoor said the accused appeared to be a body-builder and to track him down his pictures are being circulated among the gym instructors and also among bouncers of prominent discotheques to get any clue. The police teams are also going to student hangouts and showing the pictures of the robber.
Different units of police are carrying out investigations in the case. Other than the DSP (central), DSP (operations) and DSP (crime) are also working towards identifying the accused.
The Chandigarh Police have also received inputs from a couple of city residents who have seen the accused around in the city earlier. The police are not divulging the details but are working on the leads given by these residents.
Cops late by 30 minutes
Following the delay on part by police in the Sector-22 robbery case, UT SSP Sukchain Singh Gill has asked them to remain vigil and alert. Even after getting a call about the robbery, police post in-charge concerned Jaspal Singh reached 30 minutes late. Singh was at the local court and that is why he got late in reaching the spot, the police claimed.
But, in the meantime, he did not inform anyone about the spot. Jaspal Singh was sent to the Police Lines for negligence.
The SSP briefed SHOs and police post in-charges to maintain strict vigil in their areas as the festival season is approaching. He also asked cops to work on their networking and intelligence inputs, to curb the occurrence of such incidents in future.
Advisory to jewellers
Deploy guards outside shops
Shop should have at least three persons at any given time
Put up alarm systems and other security gadgets
CCTV cameras should be installed
Phone nos. released
The police have released following phone numbers where information about the robber can be given: 9779580954 (DSP-Crime), 9779580990 (DSP-Central), 9779580917 (SHO-17), 9779580925 (in-charge Crime Branch)