While criminals continue to use every trick in the book to rob city residents, city police seem to be no more than mere spectators.
In two broad daylight theft incidents, unidentified miscreants allegedly broke into two parked cars and stole Rs 8 lakh in cash in total, besides some documents.
In the first incident, the thieves stole two briefcases, containing Rs 5 lakh in cash and some documents, after smashing the windowpane of a car parked at Gill road near Janta Nagar on Saturday.
In his complaint to the police, Praveen Jain, a trader at Magazine Colony of Sangrur, said he came to Ludhiana, along with his son, to purchase furniture for his house, and left for a shop after parking his car on Gill Road.
Jain claimed that when he returned after sometime, he found the windowpane of his car shattered, and two briefcases, which were lying on the back seat of the car, missing. Thereafter, he raised an alarm and sounded the police.
Jain claimed one of the briefcases contained Rs 5 lakh in cash, while the other consisted cheque books, passbooks of bank accounts and other important documents.
Inspector Jaswinder Singh, station house officer (SHO), at Shimlapuri police station, said a case had been registered against unidentified persons. He said the police had questioned the shopkeepers and passers-by in the vicinity of where the car was parked. The police have also rounded up two suspects from the area, he added.
Meanwhile, in another incident, unidentified miscreants stole Rs 3 lakh in cash after breaking the windowpane of an SUV belonging to a contractor in Maharaj Nagar near Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Gate Number 3, on Saturday.
The victim, Naushad, a contractor in Model Gram area, said he went to the office of Ranjodh Architectures after parking his car on the roadside. He alleged that when he returned after around 20 minutes, he was aghast to find the windowpane of his car broken, and a bag containing Rs 3 lakh missing. He immediately sounded the police.
Sub-inspector Gurveer Singh, SHO, at PAU police station, reached the spot. The SHO said the police had initiated investigation after registering case against unidentified miscreants.
Police were 50m away
Interestingly, in the incident at Gill road, heavy police force was deputed in front of Kiran Hospital, just 50 m away from where the car was parked.
The cops were deputed to prevent any untoward situation, as the police were expecting protests from the kin of a woman who had allegedly died due to negligence of doctors at the hospital.
An assistant commissioner of police and personnel from three police stations, besides the PCR motorcycle squad were present there.