Thieves on prowl in Rangpora Elahibagh, residents scared

Tahir Bhat


The growing incidents of theft in Rangpora, Elahibagh have become a cause of concern for the residents.

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The residents of the area are living in constant fear. The latest was when the robbers decamped with valuables worth thousands from a garment shop at Rangpora, Elahibagh. “We are living in constant fear because of the increasing number of robbery cases,” said Sajidah, a local of Elahibagh.

Locals told Kashmir Life that a boutique was looted in the area by the unidentified thieves.

“At around 2 am, they barged inside our house and took away the goods worth Rs 3 lakhs that include the readymade clothes and other items,” said Zahoor Ahmad who runs New Taj Boutique.

“It is not for first time that the incident has happened. It is happening frequently. But nobody among the authorities is bothering to look into the matter,” Ahmad said.

However, he claimed that they have captured a thief yesterday on the spot who is now lying in the police custody.

“We almost had caught all of them but because of the darkness they managed to escape,” He added.

A group of non-locals labourers working in the area said that their many things were stolen in past few months.

“We lost around six mobile phones, clothes, and Rs 2,000 cash,” said Mohammad Wasim Khan who hails from Bihar.

In March this year, the thieves decamped with Rs 35 lakhs from the residence of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a local.

“Later, we approached the police station Zakura in this regard. But nothing happened so far,” Bhat said.

The residents have appealed the police department to take concrete measures with regard to stopping the incidents of robbery.

Superintendent of Police Hazratbal, Peerzada Naveed said that they are working to sort out the issue.

“These incidents are in my notice and we are working on it,” SP said.
He asked people to cooperate with the police and bring the incidents of thefts into their notice



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