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