23 shops targeted in one night Town observes bandh in protest, traders take out rally
Ujjain: In a surprising action, thieves on Tuesday night struck at 23 shops at Narwar town, 20 km away from here and made away with cash and goods. Irked over the theft, shopkeepers and residents called bandh and took out a protest rally. One of the miscreants was caught by a hotel owner when he reached to open his shop at 3.30 am.
According to Narwar police, miscreants targeted the shops on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. As many as 23 shops including grocery, mobile recharge, seeds, fertilizers and pesticides and motorwinding shops were targeted by the thieves. The miscreants broke the locks of shutters and entered into the shops. They took away cash and goods worth more than Rs 2 lakh from these shops.
The incident also revealed the apathy of police patrolling in the town. Miscreants without any fear broke into the shops and freely walked away with the booties.
When hotel owner Rajesh Prajapati reached at the hotel located on the main market to open it, he saw a miscreant lifting the shutter of Manish Patidar’s mobile shop. He caught the miscreant and called the police. Police reached at the spot and arrested the miscreant, but his accomplices escaped.
The thieves used metal rods, hammer and other tools to lift the shutters. They took away goods from motorwinding shop of Ishwar Singh and crackers from the shop of Vaqil Khan, Rs 1000 from the betel shop of Mukesh Rathore, goods worth Rs 10,000 from the grocery shop of Dharmendra Jain. There were four miscreants and had a vehicle, the police said. Irked over the theft, the traders and residents called a bandh in the town and took out a rally.
Narwar police called force from Ujjain to control the crowd.SP Anurag Kumar and other police officers rushed to Narwar and controlled the situation.The town remained shut till afternoon. Traders and the residents of the town said negligence and lack of effective police patrolling boosted the confidence of theives.