By Our reporter
SHILLONG: Between August 26 and the wee hours of August 27, several attempted burglaries happened in Dum Dum under Lumiablot Dorbar.
Three cars parked at Stephen Belle Maruti Service Station were vandalised. The window of a Maruti Alto was smashed to smithereens. The burglars also tried to break into a tea shop within the same premises.
A few metres from the service station two shops were broken into on the same night. While they could enter one of the shops which sells newspapers and other groceries and vegetables, the miscreants failed to get into the other shop which had a double locking system.
Residents of the area have been complaining of theft of expensive clothes that were hanging to dry on their verandah. Other said they lost things from their compounds.
Dum Dum is perhaps one of the areas under Nongthymmai with the largest number of floating student population living in rented accommodation. Most of the owners of these rented houses do not live within the same complex but reside elsewhere. Hence there is no supervision over the tenants.
Officer in Charge Nongthymmai Police Station, said the laxity with which the Dorbar Shnong deals with tenancy rules and regulation and the absence of responsibility from house owners when their tenants violate the laws, has given rise to lawlessness in the locality.
Residents complained that drunkenness and use of drugs in the locality are rampant but checks are balances and vigilance by the Dorbar Shnong in these matters is very weak. Meanwhile, police have asked residents to remain vigilant and to alert the police station in case of movement of suspicious elements in the locality.