‘Before stabbing,they taped my mouth shut to mute my cries’

The four unidentified men who decamped with cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees from a house in Sector 6 on Sunday evening,had sealed the mouth of 70-year-old R K Garg with duct tape before stabbing him.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:January 25, 2012 2:12 am

The four unidentified men who decamped with cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees from a house in Sector 6 on Sunday evening,had sealed the mouth of 70-year-old R K Garg with duct tape before stabbing him.

“When they barged into my room I was watching TV. They instantly sealed my mouth with duct tape to quieten me,” said Garg,who is recovering in General Hospital and Medical College (GMCH),Sector 32 Chandigarh. Garg was operated on Sunday night at the hospital.

“After sealing my mouth,they asked me to keep my hands behind my back. One of them was carrying a knife and the other two were looking for money. After taking Rs 4 lakh,they stabbed me,” the elderly businessman said. “When the burglars fled,I moved out of the room and looked for my wife Rani Bala. For some time,I could not trace her,but soon I found her with hands tied. She was in shock. They had taken away her jewellery. I immediately rescued her and called a neighbour. He took me to the Panchkula General Hospital from where I was shifted to Chandigarh hospital.”

Garg,a tobacco wholesaler in Chandigarh,said that he remembered the faces of the four involved in the theft and would be able to identify them.

“They were not locals as they were not masked. They were also speaking Hindi and Punjabi and were all in their mid-twenties,” he said.

The elderly businessman said that he has no rivalry with anyone and has been living in the house for many years.

After hearing the news about the dacoity,Garg’s three sons have joined the family in Panchkula. In fact one of Garg’s sons,who is also a tobacco dealer in New Delhi,said that the way the dacoity was conducted was shocking.

“When we came to know about the dacoity and subsequent injury,we were very perturbed. A dacoity at the centre of the city is an issue of concern for everyone,” said Garg’s son.

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