Ganderbal Residents of Kurhama area of Ganderbal district have been spending sleepless nights since August 9 as a group of masked men stalking the area during night hours have sparked fear.
The masked men, believed to be part of an organized gang of thieves, have so far burgled three houses and Kurhama Jamia Masjid.
During the intervening night of 9 and 10th of August, three houses belonging to Ghulam Rasool Ganaie, Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh and Manzoor Ahmad Rathar were burgled. Thieves also stole the cash chest (Safe) of Jamia Masjid located on Kurhama bypass.
While they stole two bikes from the houses of Ganaie and Sheikh, Rathers house was cleared of copper utensils and other household goods. Thieves also made a bid to steel load carrier from Ganaie house.
Residents next morning approached police station Khirbhawani with the complaint.
However undeterred by the residents complaint to police, gang struck again on 10th night barging into several houses.
Since residents this time were alert they raised an alarm. As villagers came out to catch the burglars, they were shocked to find themselves caught in some strange fumes. They (burglars) used some poisonous gas with pungent smell leaving us coughing and sneezing, said Aariz Mushtaq. Taking advantage of commotion, thieves managed to escape.
Residents said one of the masked thief was even accompanied by a dog.
Scarred residents are now demanding night patrolling by police in the area.
When Kashmir Observer contacted Ganderbal police, they said the residents have not lodged a written complaint yet.
Till now we have only received one complaint regarding the bike theft from the Kurhama village, the residents should come to us and lodge a written complaint, we will take the necessary action said SP Ganderbal, Fayaz Ahmad.
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