Kozhikode

Investigation into serial thefts yet to gain pace

Complainants to form action council and approach higher authorities

Even after quizzing a number of migrant labourers and collecting fingerprint samples, the police are still clueless about the gang of robbers who recently broke into eight houses in the city on a single day and carted away gold ornaments.

Though closed circuit television (CCTV) visuals from nearby locations were collected by the police, the attempt proved futile with no trace of the suspects.

Call for action

Apparently fed up with the slow pace of the investigation, some complainants who had lost more than 20 sovereigns of gold are now planning to constitute an action council and approach the higher authorities demanding a detailed investigation.

A senior civil police officer from Chevayur station, where most of the recent theft cases were registered, said the wider jurisdiction of the station continued to be a big challenge for taking up follow-up investigations into a number of theft cases. Also, handling daily law and order issues, apart from ongoing investigations, is a hectic task, he added.

The official also claimed that some suspects involved in the recent series of burglaries were under the scanner. Their arrest could be recorded only after gathering incriminating evidence, he said.

In the wake of the recent incidents, the police have called upon residents’ associations in the city to make their members aware of the risks during the monsoon season and adopt proper surveillance or preventive measures when families go for long vacations.

They have also been asked to activate surveillance cameras at all possible locations as it can often help the police.

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