GUWAHATI, April 22 � A sense of insecurity has gripped tyres traders in Guwahati with miscreants breaking into over 13 shops and taking away goods worth several lakhs of rupees in the span of last six months.
These traders fear involvement of an organized group behind the break-ins as there has been no recovery of stolen goods even after complaints were lodged with the police.
�It appears that the string of thefts is the handiwork of a professional group which has the access to ready market to sell the stolen products. In most of the cases, the miscreants had taken away superior quality tyres and tubes loading them apparently on four wheelers,� said a city-based trader.
Some of the outlets where the thefts took place recently include Winni Tyre (Bharalumukh), Purbanchal Tyre (Zoo Road), Tyre Centre (Adabari), Kranti Tyre (Survey), Assam Tyre (Bora Service) and The Wheelz (Rajgarh).
Amjad Ali, owner of Winni Tyre, informed that the miscreants took away tyres worth Rs 2 lakh and not a single item was left in his store. �It happened on April 11, the day for the second phase of Assembly election in the State. Amidst tight security, a group of miscreants came and took away all the stuffs in a vehicle and no one spotted anything. This really baffles me,� Ali rued.
Ali further said, �We are feeling insecure as nothing is being done to arrest the rise in such cases. The question the trader fraternity is asking as to how could somebody steal such big numbers of tyres and escape the eyes of everyone, including the security personnel.�
Another trader requesting anonymity alleged connivance of a section of security personnel, asserting that �otherwise such rampant theft could not have taken place�.
Abdul Ansari, who owns Purbanchal Tyres, located in Zoo Road area, said, �Such rampant theft and that too under the very nose of security personnel has left the traders high and dry.�
A police official said that the cases are being investigated and soon the miscreants would be brought to book.