Bidhannagar police on Thursday held a function to return 35 stolen electronic gadgets and 12 stolen motorcycles to their owners in an attempt to trumpet their success but insiders pointed out the list of items yet to be recovered is much longer.
Officers of the detective department of Bidhannagar city police told Metro that every month they record about 70 complaints of theft of mobile phones, laptops and two-wheelers at each of the nine police stations under the commissionerate.
But the number of unsuccessful or pending cases is not a deterrent for the cops to showcase whatever success they have achieved.
The programme was held under a shamiana in the compound of Baguiati police station and the owner of each stolen item was offered a packet of biriyani.
“We have organised the programme to instil confidence into the people that police will recover their stolen goods,” said Subrata Banerjee, the deputy commissioner of police (headquarters).
All three deputy commissioners and as many assistant commissioners attended the one-and-a-half-hour programme. None of the six senior officers, however, could give any information on the number of theft cases recorded every month.
“It’s impossible to stop theft but if people come to know that stolen goods are recovered, they will come forward and report thefts to the police,” said an assistant commissioner.
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