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Burglars raid 2 mobile shops in Kandivli, few metres from police chowky

The accused stole phones worth Rs 7.5 lakh; there were no cops present at the beat chowky

Two mobile shops in Kandivli, barely 20 feet from a police chowky, were ransacked by unknown persons. The shop owners claimed that no police officers were present at the beat chowky at the time of the incident. In fact, they hardly ever are, locals claim.

Locals say that they hardly ever see a cop present inside the police chowky
Locals say that they hardly ever see a cop present inside the police chowky

According to police officials at Charkop station, the break-ins took place at Cell City Shop and Shiv Mobile Shop, in Charkop market. The shutter had been broken and the accused fled away with mobile phones worth Rs 7.5 lakh, picking only high-end models.

When mid-day visited the chowky, no police officers were present there. The owner of Cell City Shop, Upendra Mehta said, “Housebreakings are increasing in the area by the day.

On Friday, robbers broke the shutters of my shop and took the costliest smartphones, together worth Rs 4 lakh. The cops are as much responsible for this as the accused. We have a chowky within 20 feet of the shops, but I have not seen an officer there in the past so many days.”

The owner of Shiv Mobile Shop said, “Cops should be present at the chowky 24/7. We need security and safety in the area.” A few days back, late at night, a jewellery shop in the same area was also looted, the harried shop owners said. No senior police officer from Charkop station was available for comment.

Voices

Ganesh Mapuskar
The incident occurred close to a beat chowky, which has been installed for a specific reason - to bring down crime rate - but no cop is ever present there.

Shraddha Kothari
It’s shocking that the incident took place in a busy area of the market. At least one police officer should be present here for the safety of women and others

Harshal Pardeshi
In Charkop, housebreaking cases are on the rise. In fact, in Kesari apartment in the area, the watchmen of the society looted a house.

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