Despite CCTV footage, no FIR yet in paying guest robbery near Punjabi University

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 00:07 IST

Police are yet to register an FIR in the February 12 robbery at gunpoint that occurred at a paying guest hostel near Punjabi University even though the crime was recorded in a CCTV.

Instead, the police have taken in written from the victim, a student of the Punjabi University, that he doesn't want an FIR in the case.

Hindustan Times had in its March 1 edition reported the news that 'Cops turn a blind eye as robberies rise in Patiala', highlighting an unregistered case of robbery at gunpoint at a paying guest hostel that occurred on February 12 night.

Police did not register an FIR even after the CCTV footage was seen by by two police officials along with some inmates of that hostel.

Jaswinder Singh, the Sadar police station house officer, said the victim did not show willingness to register an FIR against the accused and gave us in writing.

He claimed the investigation was underway and police had obtained photographs and videos of the criminals.

The student refused to comment on the issue.

Following the HT report, police discussed the issue with owners of around 12 paying guests (boys and girls) and asked them to provide detail information about inmates.

The police also sought information about possession of any kind of weapons by inmates and their previous criminal records.

The hostel owners were also asked to ensure proper security arrangements, including installing CCTV cameras and providing security guards. Police also directed the owners to seek identity proofs before allowing any outsider to stay in their hostels.

The station house inspector said the owners had been asked to follow mandatory steps to avoid any kind of inconvenience in future. He said police would increase surveillance and coordinate with all watchmen working in the area.

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