Miffed by lackadaisical attitude of police,residents turn detectives

It was courtesy,lackadaisical attitude of Chandigarh Police,city residents have been forced to solve cases of theft and hit and run on their own.

Written by Devansh Sharma | Chandigarh | Published:June 20, 2012 2:01 am

It was courtesy,lackadaisical attitude of Chandigarh Police,city residents have been forced to solve cases of theft and hit and run on their own.

On May 6,in a hit and run case,a family was hit by a speeding Zen car,which was allegedly driven by Puneet Singla. The parents passed away and two kids were orphaned. On the request of Inderjit Dhingra,elder brother of the deceased,police facilitated the CCTV footage of the camera installed outside a doctor’s residence,where the accident took place. It showed a white Zen Car at a certain distance from the spot where the accident actually happened.

Dhingra said,“I decided to trace the culprit. The CCTV footage and information gathered from neighbours helped me single out the alleged culprit. He was traced and identified as Puneet Singla,known to be a habitual drinker in the neighbourhood. The police was informed and a slight delay in the part of police enabled Singla to flee to Muktsar (Punjab) with his brother-in-law,under whose name the car was registered. He further added that SHO informed them that he had received a call from the the lawyer of the accused and that he would surrender on Monday morning.

High drama was witnessed when the father of the accused tried to convince the police that he was not driving the car at the time of the accident. While the nine-year-old daughter of the deceased couple insisted that it was a young man who was driving the car. Following this,around 400 people gathered in the Sector-40 market and shouted slogans against the police. DSP B S Negi sent the SHO to the spot to calm the agitated crowd.

The cellphone tower record established the involvement of Puneet in the case,which revealed that he was in Sector 40 at the time of the accident. The father-son duo later disclosed the truth under police pressure.

Dhingra said,“With the same CCTV footage,police could have also traced the accused. Now the entire case depends on the police,how they prepare the charge sheet and help us to pursue the case. We did our best to get the accused arrested,who was later released on bail.”

In another incident,Sukhjeet Singh traced his black Honda City car,within four days of theft. Without waiting for the police to take action,he started his own investigation with the help of his friends. He asked the police for the CCTV footage captured at different light points. Sukhjeet said “The day my car was stolen,there were some thefts in the surrounding areas. Besides,the gatekeeper had also seen a black car in the area where thefts took place.”

By the time Sukhjeet traced his car,which was found abandoned in Sector 28,police had just lodged an FIR. Sukhjeet said “Police only helped us to access the CCTV footage and it was my hard work combined with luck that enabled me to trace the car. Police did its investigation at it’s pace”.

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