Car­jack­ers strike again, cops foil at­tempt

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent ludlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­ LUD­HI­ANA:

In a glar­ing se­cu­rity lapse, car­jack­ers have not struck once but thrice at the Ferozepur road in the past 12 days.

On Wed­nes­day, a car was stolen yet again on gun­point from a textile de­sign stu­dent in front of Ansal Plaza on Ferozepur road. The mis­cre­ants drove to the scene of crime in a stolen i20 car and drove off with their lat­est booty, a Verna car.

Chi­rag Oswal (19) of Gur­dyal Singh road had parked his Verna car near Ansal Plaza. As he was about to drive away in the car at around 9.15pm, an i20 car stopped him. Two men alighted, pointed a gun at him and asked him to step out of his car.

The mis­cre­ants also snatched his purse, mo­bile phone and other be­long­ings be­fore flee­ing.

While two mis­cre­ants drove away in his car, one drove the i20.

The vic­tim im­me­di­ately alerted his mother, who in­formed the po­lice party present on the naka at Sat Pal Mit­tal road.

Tak­ing the in­ci­dent as a chal­lenge, the po­lice worked swiftly. Lud­hi­ana po­lice flashed a mes­sage and alerted the Khanna, Fate­hgarh Sahib, Ropar and Mo­hali dis­trict po­lice and asked them to set up nakas to trap the car­jack­ers.

Af­ter five hours of man­hunt, the po­lice nabbed the two ac­cused, while one man­aged to es­cape.

The po­lice have also seized IN THIRD SUCH IN­CI­DENT, CAR STOLEN ON GUN­POINT IN FRONT OF ANSAL PLAZA ON FEROZEPUR ROAD; PO­LICE AR­REST TWO AF­TER A CHASE the two stolen cars from their pos­ses­sion and a pis­tol, 5 live car­tridges and 100gm hero­ine. The mo­bile phone, iden­tity card, Rs 3,500 and other be­long­ings of the vic­tim have also been re­cov­ered.

The i20 used in crime was also car­jacked on gun­point at Ferozepur road from one Rishu Kwa­tra of Lud­hi­ana around 12 days ago. The ac­cused ar­rested have been iden­ti­fied as Gur­dev Singh alias Debu of vil­lage Gha­hoti of Moga and Gurvin­der Singh of Ajit Na­gar of Moga. Their ac­com­plice, Ga­gan­deep Singh of Sid­hwan Bet area, man­aged to flee.

It is third such in­ci­dent of car­jack­ing in the last 12 days at Ferozepur road.

The po­lice had ar­rested two mem­bers of an­other car­jack­ing gang on Satur­day.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( DCP), Ish­war Singh in­formed that the po­lice alerted all the po­lice par­ties and ini­ti­ated an op­er­a­tion soon af­ter they were in­formed about the crime. The po­lice pressed into ser­vice sta­tion house of­fi­cer (SHO) Koomkalan, SHO Sam­rala and SHO Khamano for the op­er­a­tion.

The car­jack­ers had de­serted the Verna car near Khamano and fled. They had reached ' Mi­tran Da Dhaba' near Khamano when the po­lice traced them. To evade ar­rest, the mis­cre­ants made a run for it to­wards the fields; po­lice gave them a chase and nabbed the two ac­cused at around 2.30 am.

“The ac­cused are drug ped­dlers and used to smug­gle nar­cotics. They them­selves are ad­dicts and com­mit­ted crimes to meet their mone­tary needs,” said the DCP.

“Around five crim­i­nal cases have been reg­is­tered against the ac­cused in the past. The gang has no con­nec­tion with the car­jack­ing gang the po­lice had busted on Satur­day. The ac­cused are be­ing in­ter­ro­gated,” he added.

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