Car damaged in Sec 46, 7th incident in 6 weeks

Earlier, on September 9 morning, three cars in Sector 32 were found vandalised.

Chandigarh | Updated: October 6, 2014 3:22:00 pm
Babu Ram Aggarwal with his car in Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Sunday. (Express photo by:  Jasbir Malhi) Babu Ram Aggarwal with his car in Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Sunday. (Express photo by: Jasbir Malhi)

Kartik Kumar

The rear windscreen of a car was smashed with bricks by unidentified persons in Sector 46 on Saturday night, making it the seventh incident of vandalism of cars and other vehicles in southern sectors in the last six weeks. In all cases, vehicles were smashed and burnt at night.

Owner Babu Ram Aggarwal is at a loss why his car was damaged. He had no enmity, nor did he fight with anyone. In fact, in most cases the vehicle owners were equally clueless. And all cases, except one, have remained unsolved.

On September 10, windscreens of two cars, belonging to Major R S Gujral (retd) in Sector 35, were damaged. CCTV cameras at his residence recorded a group of boys arriving in a white Scorpio car, throwing bricks at the cars, one parked inside the house and the other outside, and driving away.

“We are clueless. In some of the cases where the culprits can be seen in CCTV recordings, the footage was unclear due to resolution issues. With barely any leads, we are now following a policy of containment,” said ASP (South) Urvija Goel.
“The PCR vehicles monitoring the area have been ordered to intensify patrolling,” said the ASP.

On September 22, Kamla Kapoor, a resident of Sector 38, reported that unidentified persons had burnt her two cars parked outside her residence. The police said that the cars were burnt with the help of a flammable liquid. A case was registered against unidentified accused, but no one has been arrested.

Earlier, on September 9 morning, three cars in Sector 32 were found vandalised. The miscreants had used bricks and iron rods to damage the vehicles parked outside houses. The complainants suspected involvement of two persons living near the locality, but the police found no evidence against them.

In a similar case, three men damaged a car parked outside a house in Sector 56 with bricks and bamboo sticks on September 12. The car’s rear and side windows were broken. Owner Sahil Kumar came out after hearing the noise of breaking of windowpanes and saw three youths fleeing on a motorcycle, but could not identify them. A case was registered against one of the neighbours on suspicion, but investigation showed nothing against him.

The police’s only success has been in a case in which three auto-rickshaws, two motorcycles and a Scooty were burnt in the wee hours of August 26 in Sector 56. Following investigation, the police arrested three men, who confessed to the crime stating that they were under the influence of alcohol.

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