In the wake of rise in incidents of crime,including robbery and murder,involving people from outside the state,particularly those from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar,the Panchkula police had kept watch over 700 people during the past eight months. This was after the police registered stranger-roll cases at all police stations against migrants.
However,police enquiries in the respective states have revealed that none of the people who were kept under watch had a criminal record.
Commissioner,Panchkula-Ambala,range,Rajbir Deswal,said,In the last eight months,we have filed 707 cases of stranger rolls at different police stations,but in none of the cases have we got any adverse reports. We have inquired from the states concerned,but we have found no prior criminal records of the people against whom these rolls were filed. The maximum number of stranger rolls under the Police Act were filed at Sector 14, 5 and the Mansa Devi Complex (MDC) police stations,and cases were also filed from Pinjore and Kalka. At Sector 5 police station,as many as 150 stranger rolls were filed,at Sector 14 police station the number of rolls filed was 170,at Sector 20 the number was 50,at Kalka the number was 62,at Pinjore the number of such rolls filed was 93 while at Chandimandir and Mansa Devi complex (MDC) area,the number of stranger rolls that were filed were 72 and 110 respectively.
Deswal said the number of stranger roll cases was maximum at Sector 14 and 5 police stations as there were also slum areas in these areas and the information about the suspicious movement of outsiders was higher from these pockets.
Police officials also said that stranger rolls filed include also those against domestic servants and tenants from outside the state.
The police action of filing the stranger roll cases came after the police was informed by the residents about the suspicious movement of strangers moving through in areas.
The cases had also come to the notice of police during routine patrolling. These stranger rolls came in the backdrop of the incidents in the city in which a number of people from outside the state were involved in crimes. In the last one month itself,there were at least three incidents of robbery and murder that were reported involving people from outside the state.
On September 2,domestic servants from UP had carried out the murder of their employer,at a house in Sector 7,for jewellery and cash. Earlier,on August 23,a house was looted by a gang in the same Sector when the owner was away. The gang members were from Gonda in UP.
In Pinjore,two armed robbers had fired gun-shots in the air before they fled with cash from a house. One of the robbers was from Bihar,police said.
Station House officer (SHO) of Sector 5 police station,Mukesh Kumar,said,The stranger roll cases came after police observed suspicious movement of people and also had information from the residents. The people against whom these stranger rolls were issued remained constantly under our watch.