Accepting the challenge by a thief who had promised to return on Monday, more than two dozen police officials were found patrolling Sector 23 on Monday. A miscreant had left two notes in two government houses which were burgled by him, one last week and another in November last.
With batons in their hands, the officials were patrolling in the sector like night watchmen. The officials including the Station House Officer (SHO) of Sector 17 police station and in-charge of police post Sector 22 were seen patrolling the sector.
SHO Inspector Dilsher Singh said, “We do not want any theft incident to be repeated again in Sector 23, especially on a Monday. So, we have deployed most of our force here.”
Four official vehicles were seen patrolling the sector. Some of the officials also used their personal cars and motorcycles. In-charge, police post Sector 22, Sub-Inspector Jaspal Singh was seen roaming in the sector in his private vehicle. In all, there were 15 officials including Crime Branch sleuths, patrolling on foot.
“It is very difficult to arrest a miscreant about whom we have no clue. The only way of arresting him is through informers or if we are present at the spot or if someone helps us in nabbing him,” the SHO said.
Three persons were detained by the police who were roaming in the sector. “We had only detained the three persons. After questioning they were let go,” the SHO said.
Rumours doing the rounds
A rumor spread in the afternoon that a theft took place in Sector 23-D. On verifying, it was found that a police official in civil dress had impounded a two-wheeler which was parked near a temple. The owner of the vehicle had left the vehicle unlocked with the keys hanging to it. By evening, another rumor spread that the police had arrested the thief. The police officials, however said, “We had detained three persons but they were let of after we questioned them.”