Unidentified burglars broke into nearly half-a-dozen factories in Polo Ground industrial area and made away with cash and valuables late on Friday night.
This was the second time in last three days that the factories have been targeted by the burglars, claim Association of Industries Madhya Pradesh (AIMP) office-bearers, who have shot a letter to state home minister Babulal Gaur seeking enhanced security in the locality.
Thieves broke into the factories through the ventilators and scanned the establishments at leisure. They went through papers and chose valuables, before escaping through the same route.
City Superintendent of police (CSP Pardeshipura) Ajay Jain told dna that the industrialists have lodged a complaint and the thefts were being investigated.
Sanjay Patwardhan, owner of SP Enterprise (manufacturers of furniture and solar panels), told dna that the thieves made away with Rs 18,000 and a laptop from his office.
The burglars also entered the factory of one Mukesh Sachdeva and made away with silver coins.
Apparently, the thieves did not want to switch on the lights fearing that it might activate the CCTV cameras installed at some places. They burnt paper for light.
Patwardhan, also the senior vice-president of AIMP, said several of the factories hit by burglars manufacture paper or other material that might catch fire.
AIMP President Hemant Mehtani shared similar sentiments claiming that unwanted elements have been ruling the roost in the industrial area despite repeated reminders to the police.
Some factories work in shifts in the night. The employees and owners are now fearful of these elements, who indulge in loot and thefts, he said.
“We have written to the home minister seeking enhanced night patrolling by police and start of a temporary police check-post to check unscrupulous elements,” the AIMP president added.
CSP Jain claimed that the night patrolling by police vans in the locality was on and the factory owners were not aware of it as it happens in the night.
“We have been keeping tab on the Polo Ground area. We have also been waking up private security guards in the locality in the night to keep them on their toes,” he said.
The police officer was of the view that the factory owners should maintain inventory of their material as in most of the cases they don’t know what was stolen. “Though police are responsible for the spurt in thefts, a little effort from the factory owners to secure the place will go a long way in curbing the crime,” he added.
“We have been demanding that AKVN constructs wall around the Polo Ground area so that keeping private security guards becomes effective,” said Patwardhan.
At present, the only area towards the MPEB office is closed and rest all are open. Vulnerable areas are mainly towards the northern end of Polo Ground where people can escape after committing crime.