Theft spree: Protest rocks Rajouri town

While Jawahar Nagar residents stage demo, burglars strike another house

SUMIT BHARGAV
Rajouri, Publish Date: Dec 14 2018 1:49AM | Updated Date: Dec 14 2018 1:49AM
Theft spree: Protest rocks Rajouri townRepresentational pic

Agitated residents of Jawahar Nagar locality in Rajouri town blocked the main road from Rajouri to Kotranka for over five hours on Thursday, while protesting against repeated thefts in the area.

The protesters also raised slogans against the district administration and police, and alleged, “The administration and police have failed to curb the menace.”

Reports said, “Unidentified burglars struck at a house in Ward 6 of Jawahar Nagar locality on Thursday morning.”

As per the owner of the house, Kulwinder Singh, “My sister’s marriage is scheduled to happen on January 26. We had purchased gold ornaments, worth lakhs. Besides, there was Rs 3 lakh cash present in the house as well. The burglars decamped with it all.”

Soon after news of the theft spread, people in large number gathered at the main market of Jawahar Nagar and blocked the road. They raised slogans against police and said that thieves are getting a free hand in the town premises.

They claimed, “In the last five days, four thefts have taken place in the town. Three of them have happened in Jawahar Nagar area alone.”

Initially, a team of police, led by station house officer Rajouri Ajaz Haider, and later, deputy superintendent of police, headquarters, Govind Rattan and tehsildar Rajouri Mehmood Khan reached the spot. The officers tried to pacify the protesters, who refused to remove the blockade until the burglars are arrested.

In the meantime, while the officers were trying to talk to the protesters, another theft happened in the house of Sunil Kumar, a resident of Ward 5. This further intensified the anger among the protesters.

In the second theft of the day, unidentified burglars decamped with cash and gold ornaments.

Later, after a two-hour-long protest, additional superintendent of police, Liyaqit Ali, and assistant commissioner revenue, Ashraf Chowdhary, also reached the spot and tried to pacify the protesters, who did not agree to lift the blockade.

The agitated locals later demanded that the district development commissioner should visit the area and listen to the people’s grievances. Meanwhile, after five hours of the sit-in, additional deputy commissioner Rajouri, Sher Singh, reached the spot and met the protesters. He assured that the administration will provide all possible aid to Kulwinder Singh’s family in solemnizing the marriage of his sister. The police also assured the locals that the burglars will be identified and arrested soon. On these assurances, the protesters lifted the blockade.

Furthermore, a large number of people, who remained stranded due to the protest, castigated the district administration for delay in reacting to the situation. "A five-hour-long blockade, that too in the heart of the town, is not a small deal. It is unfortunate that the district administration did not react promptly,” Mohammad Hussain of Dalhori village, who remain stuck due to the protest while moving to his native village in a public transport vehicle, said.

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