The incidents of snatching and theft in different parts of the town are on the rise, but Batala police's failure to crack any of the recent cases has raised a question mark on their functioning.
The police even resisted registering cases with regard to various incidents of snatching and theft to show lesser crime rate and the laxity of the police is leading to a further increase in the crime rate.
Simar Kaur, a resident of Ghoga, said that on Wednesday, she along with her daughter was coming back from Punjab National Bank at around 11 am on a rickshaw. When they were passing by the Central Bank of India on Amritsar-Pathankot road, a motorcyclist came from behind and snatched her purse containing rs 4000 and Fixed Deposit Receipts (FDR) worth Rs 2 lakh and other important documents from her.
Though she cried for help and tried to show some resistance, the miscreant pushed her and fled from the spot. Listening to the cries of the woman, the nearby shopkeepers tried to chase down the motorcyclist but he fled from the spot on his bike, which had no registration number plate, towards Gandhi Chowk where the police have a permanent check-post.
Interestingly, the incident occurred just a few meters away from the office of the traffic police, but none of the policemen noticed any motorcycle which had no registration number.
"Subsequently, I filed a complaint with the local police but the police resisted registering a case for reasons better know to them", she added.
In another incident, two motorcyclists reportedly snatched a purse from Rupinder Kaur, a resident of Bham near Cinema road on Wednesday, while she was going towards Shastri Nagar on a rickshaw.
In another incident, a motorcyclist snatched a purse containing Rs 1200 from Nirmal Kaur, a resident of Sundar Nagar near Simble chowk, while she was going towards the bus stand.
Interestingly, both these incidents occurred a few meters away from police nakas but the snatchers easily managed to flee from the spot on their bikes which did not have registration numbers, raising a question mark on the functioning of police, which claims to have started a drive against snatchers.