The residents of Gurugram Sector 23A raised questions over the security after as many as six batteries from Maruti model cars were stolen from the vicinity on Sunday night.
The incident came into light on Monday morning when a resident, Bharat Bhatia, was unable to start his car. After failing to start the vehicle, Bhatia opened the bonnet and found out that the battery was missing.
"I was unable to start my car and later found out that someone has stolen my car's battery," said Bhatia.
Bhatia was not the only victim, as other five similar cases of stolen batteries were registered on the same day. Brij Sharma, another resident said, "I had parked two cars, one was in front of my house and the second one was adjacent to the colony park. Both of my cars' batteries were stolen on the same day. I checked mine as well as my neighbour's CCTV footage but could not get anything, as they were not functioning properly."
Residents informed that some of the roads in the sector remain in dark, as the number of streetlights is less, out of which several are defunct. They alleged that despite several complaints filed with the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, no action was taken so far.
Bhawani Shankar Tripathi, General Secretary of sector 23A RWA said, "Our sector is located around a village and unauthorised colonies, therefore, the sector's roads are accessed by all, which makes it vulnerable to such crimes."
The residents informed CitySpidey that they had demanded a police beatbox inside the sector five years ago and even then ACP Sangeeta Kalia had approved their demands. However, the DTCP is yet to give its approval.
Following such incidents, the residents are of the idea that the sector should be converted into a gated colony, in which they can manage their own safety and security. Meanwhile, they urged the civic authorities to install CCTV cameras in the region. "We have requested the police to increase patrolling in the vicinity. Even the civic authorities should be more proactive in providing basic facilities and infrastructures like installing streetlights, CCTV cameras, and others," added Tripathi.