Burglars struck at the memorial of legendary freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai on Sunday night at Dhudike village in this district. Expensive items are missing, and the Ajitwal police claim to have arrested three suspects on Monday.
Ranjit Singh, secretary of body maintaining the memorial, reported the theft to the senior superintendent of police.
On Monday morning, signs of break-in on the guesthouse door forced him to check the main storeroom, and he found the blankets, utensils, furniture, and many valuable items gone.
Senior superintendent of police Surjit Singh Grewal has ordered an inquiry into the matter. Assistant sub-inspector of police Bhupinder Singh led a squad that raided many places and secured a tip, finally, that a quarrel was on near Dharamkot town for the division of the stolen property. "We have arrested suspects Inderjit Singh, Rachhpal Singh and Buta Singh," said the SSP. "All are from Indergarg village.
The police also claim to have recovered some stolen items from the suspects.
Ram Sunder, memorial's watchman, said he was unsure how much material was stolen. "Every night, I sleep over at the memorial," he said.
"The burglars scaled the boundary wall." A local court has remanded the suspects in police custody.