After a spate of thefts at Guru Gobind Singh Avenue and Surya Enclave of the city in the past three months, residents of these localities are living under constant fear these days.
In the last 10 days, four houses were burgled and Rs 20 lakh and valuables were stolen from Guru Gobind Singh Avenue.
Despite repeated complaints in this connection, the police seem helpless.
The residents of the locality claimed that there are only six personnel at the police post, which has jurisdiction over Guru Gobind Singh Avenue, Surya Enclave, Chuggiti and Ajit Nagar among others.
Ironically, the police have failed to crack even a single case of theft recently.
The residents claimed that they had filed several complaints at the police post as well as Ramamandi police station, but to no avail.
The Ramamandi SHO, they said apprised them he had no authority to install checking points and nakas without permission of the commissionerate police.
Congress leader and chairman of Guru Gobind Singh Avenue Welfare Society Manoj Agarwal said the society members had approached the police commissioner, Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, in this connection.
The police commissioner, they claimed, even asked them to arrange security for the areas they lived in.
Recently, thefts occurred at the houses of Manjeet Sahi, executive engineer with the Punjab Health Systems Corporation and Pawan Vashisht, a doctor, wherein thieves decamped with gold ornaments, cash, LCD, gas cylinders and cash at Guru Gobind Singh Avenue.
About 45 cases of theft have been reported in Guru Gobind Singh Avenue and Surya enclave in the past one year.
Adding insult to injury, there are no checking during night and no PCR patrolling these areas.
It has been learnt that after the police conducted raids in some areas such as Kazi Mandi to deal with drug menace, there was a lot of political pressure on them.
"Gold ornaments and cash were stolen from my house last week. Society members have approached the police commissioner who gave us assurance that no theft incident will take place anymore. But another house was burgled yesterday only. Where is the security and the assurance?"
* — Manjeet Singh Sahi, Guru Gobind Singh Avenue resident
"I had purchased taps and other sanitary material costing around Rs 40,000. These were stolen by breaking the lock of our house at night about 10 days ago. The police still have no clue about thieves."
* — Arun Varma, resident
"My house was burgled at night a day before and valuables worth Rs 10 lakh were stolen. It raises a question mark on the capability of the city police and even as the police commissioner assured us of safety."
* — Pawan Vashisht, doctor
* Official speak
"We have decided to post 15 more police personnel who will patrol areas nearby Guru Gobind Singh Avenue to prevent such incidents. If any case of theft is reported from Guru Gobind Singh Avenue or Surya Enclave in the coming days, we will suspend the Ramamandi SHO immediately."
* — Naresh Dogra, ADCP