Theft worth lakhs at cigarettes store on busy Mall road

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Oct 28, 2014 21:10 IST

Putting a question mark on the policing system in the city, thieves struck a cigarette store on the busy Mall Road near the city railway station on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday and stole material worth lakhs.

Thieves stormed the Goyal cigarettes store by breaking the locks and according to owner Vimal Goyal, cigarettes worth rs10-15 lakhs were stolen. The thieves took the cash in the locker and stock of cigarettes from the shop.

In a police complaint, Goyal said he noticed the incident in the morning at about 7 am when he came to open the store and found the locks of the shutter broken and the shutter slightly open. When he opened the store, he found the products and cash missing.

The incident has raised questions about policing in the city as the store is located on the busy Mall road that witnesses peoples' movement through the night. A team of finger print experts, along with other police officials, inspected the site and collected finger prints.

SHO of Kotwali police station, Mahesh Kumar Saini, said a case for theft had been registered against unidentified people and police were trying to get some clue about the perpetrators.

Though there were no CCTV cameras installed near the shop, Saini said police would scrutinize the CCTV footage from cameras installed in other parts of the market. He said that night police patrolling was regular in the area and thieves seem to have struck in the morning hours.

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