Police busts theft racket in Sgr, recovers property worth lacs
8 thieves, contractor arrested
January 22: Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested eight thieves and a contractor who had dealing in stolen property from Rajbagh area of the city.
According to a police statement, stolen property worth lacs of rupees was recovered by police, which had been stolen from various parts of Srinagar City.
“Community members from Rajbagh area had recently complained to Police Station Rajbagh about such criminal activities. Police had intensified patrolling and night checking in the area. Last night while patrolling the area, 8 thieves were arrested and taken to police station where they remain in custody,” reads the statement.
“While questioning, the accused persons disclosed their hideout where they had dumped all the stolen goods. Officers from the local police unit have seized the stolen items which include geysers, cooking utensils, copper, blankets, TVs and other house hold items,” it said.
“During the course of investigation, police also arrested a contractor who has dealings in stolen property linked to this crime. Investigation is going on to identify the other persons involved in these criminal offences,” it added.
The statement further said: “We reassure the community members that police is making every effort to keep your neighborhood safe and free from such criminal elements.”
“Usually People move out of Kashmir valley in winters locking their houses unattended, which provides a clean playground to thieves/burglars for thefts/burglaries. J&K Police is requesting the general public not to leave your houses unattended, besides install security cameras,” the statement quoted police spokesman as saying.