A spate of theft cases in Mohali during the ongoing marriage season points to a gang that is targeting locked houses, even as police claims of vigilant night patrolling.
Apart from jewellery items, heavy electronic materials that need to be carried in a vehicle are looted.
The latest victim, Narender Singh, resident of Phase 4 and brother of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Arjun Singh Shergill, was targeted and thieves decamped with 300gm gold, silver ornaments, a camera, watch and two LCDs. The family had gone to Amritsar to attend a wedding. The incident was reported on Friday morning.
Since January 2016, more than 30 thefts have been reported from SAS Nagar that implies on an average a theft is reported every other day, raising questions on the failure of police to curb these incidents and catch culprits.
“With the ongoing wedding season many houses are locked and hence targeted. We have strengthened the night patrolling and the PCRs have been directed to keep making rounds,: said SAS Nagar SP Gagan Ajit Singh. Apart from the lack of effective night patrolling in SAS Nagar, the non functional street lights, no CCTV cameras at critical points and non-functional security gates embolden thieves to strike at will and escape.
Earlier this week, an ex-serviceman’s house was targeted for the fourth time and he has written to deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal for the second time to intervene and direct police to take urgent steps.
Same house targeted 4 times
Vijay Kumar Arya, a Subedar Major (retd) from the Indian Army and resident of Phase 2 has written to deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal after theft took place in his house for fourth time. Arya has urged Badal who is also the home minister of the state to issue direction to increase police patrolling. “Such incidents instill sense of insecurity among residents, there is an urgent need to increase police presence in the area to check thefts,” Arya had written in his letter. The previous years’ statistics were, 345 cases of theft (129 solved) and six cases of robbery registered in 2014, while 280 cases of theft and three of robbery were registered in 2015.
A motor mechanic, Gurnam Singh, a resident of Sector 66, had gone to Rajpura when thieves struck at his house and took away Rs 3.15 lakh and gold jewellery meant for his daughter’s wedding. On the same day thieves had targeted his neighbour’s house as well.
Thieves had struck a locked house in Sector 66, SAS Nagar, and decamped with cash amounting to Rs 8,000 along with 80gm gold.
Thieves targeted a furnished flat of an NRI at the JTPL Colony in Kharar and decamped with household goods, worth around Rs 2 lakh.