Frequent burglaries spark protests in Kangan

Sheikh Anees

Kangan: Scores of residents of Kangan town of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district held a protest against the frequent incidents of burglary in the area.
Eyewitnesses to told Kashmir Reader that local residents and shopkeepers assembled in Main market Kangan and held a protest under the banner of Trader’s Federation Kangan (TFK).
The protestors blocked traffic on Srinager-Leh highway for several hours, eyewitnesses said.
According to protesters, on the intervening night of March1-2, burglars broke into electronic shop and stole goods worth lakhs of rupees.
“The burglary cases in Kangan area have become a regular phenomenon now. Last night thieves broke locks of electronic shop and took away goods worth lakhs. It shows the failure of the police to deal with the situation,” a local shopkeeper, Irfan Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
Reports said that the burglars also looted the electronic shop of one Muneer Ahmed. “From past week, there have been number of cases of burglaries in the area,” the protesting shopkeepers added.
Later on, additional S.P Ganderbal rushed to the spot and assured the protesters that additional security arrangements would be made in the area to nab the burglars.
On his assurance, the protestors dispersed peacefully.