Thieves struck at a mobile showroom at Mohan Nagar Chowk and carried away booty worth over Rs 12 lakh, including over 200 mobile phones and other material, during the intervening night of December 13 and 14. It is second major theft incident in the town within 48 hours as thieves had targeted a house in Sector-5, Uraban Estate, on December 19 and stole jewellery and cash worth Rs 2 lakh.
A few days back, thieves had struck at the residence of Nawab Singh Sandhu and reportedly decamped with jewellery and cash worth Rs 15 lakh.
In the latest case, the showroom where the theft occurred was hardly 500 yards from the police chowki and a PCR is mostly stationed at Mohan Nagar Chowk.
It is reported that owner of Mobile Point, Ravi Kant closed his showroom at about 9pm. Thieves broke open the shutter and locks to commit theft during the night. The theft came to light in the morning and the neighbours informed the showroom owner. Soon, a police team reached the spot and took fingerprints.
Gangs of thieves are active in the town and over a dozen thefts have been reported during a period of two months. Representatives of various social organisations have decided to meet the superintendent of police on Monday to express the concern of the public over the rising cases of theft.
They would request him to take appropriate steps, including increase in the night patrolling by police.
BJP leader Dharamvir Mirzapur and INLD leader Fateh Chand Gandhi have demanded that strong steps must be taken to stop the cases of theft.
It may be mentioned here that a proposal to install close-circuit TV cameras at road crossings and important locations was floated a few months back but it is yet to be implemented.