Burglaries, thefts on rise in Samba district
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Giving new definition to policing, Samba police has evolved a new mechanism of lodging FIRs for only those theft cases where recoveries are almost certain. Otherwise burglaries in the process are being left unregistered, if not noticed. On Saturday, burglars targeted Amul factory at Bari Brahmana and decamped with electronic gadgets. Sources revealed that today the owner of Amul factory namely Gautam, resident of Greater Kailash lodged written complaint stating that burglars struck his factory and took away laptop and computers. These days burglaries, thefts including that of vehicles and snatching cases are on rise in Samba district. Samba police has so far not registered the case of theft of huge quantity of iron sheets and pipes from the upcoming All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) complex site at Vijaypur in District Samba. On other theft cases related to iron sheets and pipes, Police got the clue during the interrogation of a local scrap dealer and thereafter raids were conducted to nab his associates. Police also conducted raids in number of iron factories during the last one week. However, Samba police is totally tight-lipped over the investigations for obvious reasons. According to sources, many of iron factories are already involved in buying stolen raw material. One of the factories, from where police has recovered stolen goods, was once involved in major power theft case. However, the matter is being hushed up, sources revealed. It has been learnt that the scrap dealers also pay Haftas to all the police Chowkis and the nexus of sale of the stolen raw material is flourishing in Samba district’s Bari Brahmana Industrial area. Lodging of FIRs on the latest act of robbery unfolds the vulnerability of the area which is fast becoming notorious for rising crime graph. The gangsters and burglars are not only committing the crime but also managing to give slip to law enforcing agencies mainly due to lackadaisical policing. On August 29, a notorious gangster Vikas Slathia, resident of Vijaypur, managed to flee while coming from Gurah Slathia towards Vijaypur and a US made pistol was recovered from his car. He is still at large.
Moreover, the growing incidents of robberies have cast fear among the residents.
Here it is relevant to mention that on August 22, two theft cases were reported in Bari Brahmana. As per the details, a bike (PB06AN-1257), owned by Sham Lal, son of Chatru Ram, resident of Sumbli was stolen after the owner parked the same in Sabzi Mandi area of Bari Brahmana.
Meanwhile, another vehicle (JK21A-9622) belonging to Suresh Kumar, son of Basha Ram, resident of Khidiya was also stolen.
On August 17, two theft cases including a snatching incident were reported in Bari Brahmana area of Samba District. .
In first incident, a Royal Enfield motorcycle (JK02CD-7108) owned by Bhagwan Singh, son of Raghuveer Singh, resident of Sarore was stolen from outside a petrol pump.
Meanwhile, in another incident, three unknown youth attacked one Vijay Chand, son of Bhola Nath, resident of Chubiya in broad day light and snatched his gold chain. As the victim raised alarm, accused fled from the spot leaving him in an injured condition. Locals alleged that because of police’s delayed action, snatchers fled away from market in broad day light. Earlier police used to conduct patrolling in the area but for the last few months, policemen have stopped frisking and routine patrol duty in Samba District.
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