Four rob­beries re­ported in Lud­hi­ana

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LUD­HI­ANA: Two snatch­ing in­ci­dents and two rob­beries were re­ported in the city de­spite in­creased pa­trolling and ex­is­tence of spe­cial anti-snatch­ing squad of the po­lice.

The in­ci­dents of snatch­ing and rob­bery took place at Prince ho­tel, Dur­ga­puri, Kan­gal­wal and Fo­cal Point ar­eas in the city.

A gang of rob­bers stole gold ban­gles, cash and other valu­ables from the house of Sukhdev Sharma, an em­ployee of Pun­jab Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity (PAU), in Dur­ga­puri and in­jured his wife Prem­lata, 50. She was alone when the rob­bers sneaked into her house around 2pm.

When Prem­lata re­fused to hand over the almi­rah key to the rob­bers, they hit her on the head with a sharp-edged weapon and fled with the valu­ables.

Hear­ing her screams, neigh­bours rushed to the house, but Prem­lata had be­come un­con­scious­ness. She was ad­mit­ted to Dayanand Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hospi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries.

“The loss has not been es­ti­mated as the vic­tim is still un­con­scious, and can­not give a state- ment,” Aman­deep Singh Brar, SHO of po­lice di­vi­sion no 4, said. “We ques­tioned some of the neigh­bours, but they had not seen the rob­bers. We have started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and will reg­is­ter a case af­ter record­ing her state­ment.”

In an­other in­ci­dent, two mo­tor­cy­cle-borne men snatched the purse of a woman when she was walk­ing to­wards her home in Kailash Chowk. When Anita Dug­gal was near Prince Ho­tel, the two men snatched her purse and fled. The purse con­tained Rs 3,000 in cash, a mo­bile phone and some other be­long­ings.

Po­lice have started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and alerted the pa­trolling par­ties of the area.

Af­ter a spate of snatch­ing in­ci­dents were re­ported in the city re­cently, po­lice had set up nakas at sev­eral points in the city. Af­ter Mon­day’s in­ci­dents, po­lice per­son­nel were check­ing sus­pected mo­tor­cy­cle-borne men.

A fac­tory at Fo­cal Point and an­other at Kan­gan­wal were robbed late on Sun­day. They locked up the em­ploy­ees of the fac­to­ries and stole equip­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to San­jiv Kansal, owner of Kansal In­dus­try, a cy­cle parts man­u­fac­tur­ing unit in Fo­cal Point area, the rob­bers jumped the walls and en­tered the fac­tory. They con­fined the se­cu­rity guard in the of­fice and stole the cy­cle parts.

The guard alerted Kansal about the rob­bery af­ter the gang left. “I have lost goods worth Rs 1.5 lakh,” he said.

At the fac­tory of Kay High Tech­ni­cal at Kan­gan­wal, about a dozen rob­bers barged into the fac­tory around 2am on Sun­day and threat­ened 10 work­ers who were present there. The rob­bers locked the work­ers in the bathroom and stole goods from the fac­tory and the of­fice.

Kuldeep Singh, the fac­tory owner, said rob­bers fled with six bags of nuts and bolts worth Rs 6 lakh. He has filed a com­plaint with the po­lice.

AVNEET PUNNI/HT

Prem­lata, who was in­jured by rob­bers, be­ing ad­mit­ted to Dayanand Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hospi­tal in Lud­hi­ana on Mon­day.

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