Mohali police has urged gurdwara officials to ensure strict ‘pehra' (vigilance) inside the Gurdwara premises at night by a gurdwara official, citing an increase in theft cases in local gurdwaras. Following the revelation of two such accidents, senior police officials claimed to have increased patrolling. Two incidents of theft were reported in gurdwaras on two consecutive days. Miscreants took the collection box in both cases. Two masked men entered a gurdwara in Kumbra village on Sunday night and took away with the collection box containing around Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000, the DVR of CCTV cameras and other valuables. The incident came to light at 4 am on Monday when the gurdwara priest found the locks near the collection box broken. In the second incident, which occurred at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, two unidentified miscreants fled with the collection box from the Phase 3A gurdwara. The crime was caught on camera by the on-site CCTV system. Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Mohali, Satinder Singh, said, “The gurdwaras already have CCTV cameras installed on the premises. If such an incident comes to light, a case is registered immediately. To prevent such incidents in future, we have asked gurdwara officials to appoint a person from their committee to keep watch inside the premises through the night.” “After a theft took place at our gurdwara, we appointed a person to keep ‘pehra’ at night. The cops told us to” said Rajwinder Singh, president, phase 3A gurdwara.