Srinagar: A tenant of an apartment in an Estates building at Jawahar Nagar noticed on Sunday that burglars had broken into six flats and looted household goods and government property. He immediately filed a complaint with the police.
But more than 24 hours after the police filed an FIR, director Estates Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad told this newspaper, “Talk to my deputy director. He might know about it.”
Deputy director Mushtaq Ahmad came to know about the burglary from the complainant and tenant Dr Rafi Ahmad.
“One tenant Dr Rafi’s quarters has been robbed. I will visit the place in the morning,” Mushtaq said, still unaware that five other apartments had been burgled. No official from the department had visited the police yet.
Not only costly household goods, but water pipes, taps, curtains had been stolen from the flats.
“We live in the VIP quarters. The burglary should not have happened as the general perception is that such buildings are guarded by security personnel,” said Dr Rafi, who lives in Flat-30.
The building was guarded by various security agencies since the early 90s. A CRPF bunker which would guard the building was removed before September floods that washed away the walls protecting the building, leaving it at risk of robberies.
“It is the responsibility of the estates department to look after the building,” said sub-divisional police officer, Hazratbal, Zahid Lone whose apartment was also burgled.
Zahid had no information about the burglary.
“It is through you that I came to know about it. In fact we had some stuff there. I will check it tomorrow,” he said.
But according to Mushtaq it is the police’s job to provide security, not his department’s.
Station House Officer of the Rajbagh Police Station Kuldeep Kumar said they were investigating the robbery complaint.
“No one from the Estates department came to us yet, as the belongings stolen is private property of the tenants,” said Kumar.
However, according to Bilal Bhat, a journalist who lives in F-29, “In my flat water taps and geyser pipes have been stolen. They had tried to pull the geyser out but failed.”