Thieves have struck the same place in Pimpri-Chinchwad four times in the last two months. The series of thefts has once again drawn severe criticism for the Bhosari police,who are now promising to increase nakabandi and police strength on the highway and suburbs.
The latest incident occurred between 2 am and 4 am on Monday. The earlier thefts too had apparently taken place during the same time,when residents are fast asleep and there is no sign of any policemen on the roads.
Mondays theft was the biggest of the four thefts in terms of the worth of the stolen items,which amounted to Rs 83 lakh. The theft occurred at a car accessories shop located on the Pune-Mumbai highway in Kasarwadi.
The shop owner,Shripad Oswal,had locked the shop the previous day at 8.30 pm and left for home.
The next morning,when he returned at 9.30 am,he found the shop burgled. Shockingly,the thieves took away even the CCTV cameras. The way the theft was carried out has also bewildered local residents.
Despite the fact that the shop is located on the ground floor and the upper floors are occupied by local residents,nobody apparently heard any noise of any activity taking place in the thick of the night.
Over a fortnight ago,residents in and around the Sagar Plaza Society in Kasarwadi woke up to find four shops burgled. Goods and cash worth Rs 4 lakh were stolen. The thefts had been captured on CCTV cameras.
In the same area,Rs 2 lakh and 20 tolas of gold were stolen a month-and-a-half ago from the residence of Jeetendra Landge,a Congress leader.
Two months ago,thieves struck at the Ganesh temple which was built by residents of Sagar Heights. They stole the donation box.
Thieves had also made a failed attempt to steal the audio system from a car belonging to a local resident.
The failure of the Bhosari police to catch the culprits has shaken the residents of Kasarwadi.
Both the Bhosari police station and the Kasarwadi police chauki are located on the Pune-Nashik highway,at least two kms away from the residential locality.
I am desperately waiting for a breakthrough in the case in which gold and cash was stolen from my residence. I hope the police will move fast at least now and bring back our looted jewellery, said Jeetendra Landge,a resident,who expressed shock at the way the thieves are repeatedly striking at Kasarwadi.
The residents of Kasarwadi are increasingly losing faith in the ability of the Bhosari and Kasarwadi police to ensure security to their life and property, said Landge.
However,the Bhosari police said they are going all out to catch the culprits. We have increased nakabandi on the highway at night,especially between midnight and 4 am. Besides,we are putting more manpower during the night. I will be personally monitoring the night duty personnel, said senior police inspector Chandrakant Bhosale.
We also have a plan up our sleeve and are confident about nabbing the culprits soon, Bhosale added.
Saying that the police were equally shocked,Bhosale said,The police are very much on guard and have heightened security measures. The residents of Kasarwadi need not fear about their safety.