Bhubaneswar: Series of Burglaries in the state capital shocking bhuaneswar citizen. Miscreants challenge police by looting in day broad light. Unidentified miscreants broke into four flats of an apartment in Patia and made way with over Rs 5 lakh worth of household goods in the early hours of Sunday.
Police were left in a fix as the burglaries occurred despite the presence of a security guard at the Om Sai Arcade apartment here. The occupants of the four flats were away at the time of the crime.
The incident was more shocking as it was perhaps the first time that a series of burglaries has taken place at an apartment building in the city. The building has three security guards, who work in shifts. A total of 150 families stay in the apartment, a stone’s throw from the Patia railway station.
“We came to know of the burglaries in the morning (Sunday). The locks were broken and the houses were ransacked. We immediately called the police,” said Ramesh Chandra Rout, a resident.
“I went to my son’s house in Chandrasekharpur and was supposed to return on Monday. I was shocked that my house was burgled in the presence of a security guard. I had the perception that apartments are safer,” said Suniti Panda, another resident and victim of the incident.
inefficient police and nexus between police and thief are factors for so much theft in BBSR.
The security guard, identified Ashok Baral, denied any negligence in duty on his part. “I was on duty on Saturday night. I made three rounds of all the floors in the night and was vigilant. I do not know how the thefts occurred,” said Baral.
Police said they were scanning the CCTV footage of the apartment building. “We are trying to find out how the thieves gained access to the apartment. We are also questioning three security guards. The apartment’s supervisor, whose cell phone was switched off, will also be questioned,” DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said.
Some senior citizens residing in the building, alleged that the police never conducted patrolling in the area. “Though we are enrolled under the senior citizen security cell (SCSC) scheme of the police, not a single police officer from Infocity police visited our apartment,” said a senior citizen.
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