Burglars broke into a wholesale merchandise store in Devar village of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district last night and stole goods worth at least rupees four lakhs, the affected dealer said.
There have been at least eight such burglary incidents in the village during this year so far but police has failed to get a breakthrough or nab the burglars, locals alleged.
“I was shocked to see the rear brick wall of my general store broken apart and goods worth at least Rs. four lakhs stolen from the store. The stolen goods include four cigarette cartons worth Rs 2,40,000,” Showkat Ali Khan, affected wholesaler, told Kashmir Wire.
“I appeal police to intensify searches and nab the burglars involved in the act. There have been scores of such incidents in the past but not a single burglar has been apprehended,” he added.
The locals said although police picked up some suspects in the past but they were released later.
“Had police cracked a single case of burglary in the past, burglaries would have stopped in the village,” said Naseer Ahmad, a local resident.
Ab Rashid, Station House Officer Lalpora said, “Police has started investigations and the culprits would be nabbed soon.” Kashmir wire