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Thief ‘neighbour’ attacks woman on PU campus
CHANDIGARH: A woman residing in Panjab University sustained head injuries after a neighbour entered her house with the intention of theft on Wednesday afternoon and attacked her with a hammer when he was identified.
The accused, Sandeep (35), had covered his face before entering the house of 60-yearold Heera Devi, who lives in the Type A accommodation, allotted to Class IV employees, on the Panjab University campus.
He attacked the woman on the head with a hammer when she identified him after pulling off the cloth.
The police reached the spot after being informed about the incident by neighbours and found blood splattered all over the place. Heera Devi is admitted at Government MultiSpeciality Hospital in Sector 16. She has suffered grievous head injuries.
Initially, the neighbours thought Heera Devi had been hammered to death. The police too were told that a murder had taken place on the campus while they were rushing to the spot.
Giving details of the incident, Sector 11 police station SHO Gurmukh Singh said Heera Devi, working at the PU health centre, was staying with her daughter in a Type A house close to gate number 2 near the Sector 14-15 traffic light point. Her husband had died a few years ago.
At the time of the incident, her daughter had gone to work. Heera Devi, who came home early, found a man in her house with his face covered. Sandeep tried to escape by throwing chilly powder in her eyes. But she put up a fight and tried to overpower him even as he made an attempt to snatch her chain. The moment Heera Devi recognised him, he hit her on the head with a hammer.
Sandeep, who was arrested in a case registered under sections 452 and 394 of the IPC at the Sector 11 police station, told the police during interrogation that he had intended to commit the theft because he was under pressure to repay a loan of Rs 40,000.
Sandeep's father, Prem Singh, is employed with the PU security staff. Sandeep's wife also works on the campus and the couple has three kids.
Working as a driver with a homoeopathy hospital in Sector 36, Sandeep had dropped some doctors of the hospital at the student centre before the incident.
People in the neighbourhood gave Sandeep a sound thrashing before handing him over to the police.
The police said the accused was well aware of the daily routine of Heera Devi and her daughter as he was living next door. They said he was also into drugs.
Sandeep's mother, who is in a state of shock, said she could never imagine that her son could do this.