The drastic increase in crime rate in the recent months speaks volumes of the poor law and order situation prevailing in Panchkula. From robberies and murders to rapes and thefts,several cases have left the police red-faced.
The Chandigarh Newsline tracks some of the cases that rocked the district in the last eighteen months.
Case 1 (October 29,2007)
The body of a 23-year-old girl was found near Morni on the Morni-Raipur Rani road. The body was found in a gunny bag with the hands and legs. The victim had mehndi applied on her hands and feet and also had a vermillion mark on her forehead.
Status The police failed to identify the victim even though her photograph was sent to various police stations. Though the police claimed to have checked the call details of the area,a breakthrough has not been made in the case till now.
Case 2 (January 19,2008)
Three men robbed the cashier and driver of Berkeley Automobiles,Industrial Area,of Rs 5.16 lakh at gunpoint on Amartex Road. The cashier Satish Kumar and driver Trilochan Singh were on their way to the bank to deposit the money when the incident took place.
Status While sketches of the accused were made available to the police,none of the robbers have been traced yet.
Case 3 (February 15,2008)
In another case of robbery at gunpoint,five men decamped with Rs 50,000 from the Sanjay Roller flour mill in Abdullaha village in Pinjore.
The two employees of the mill Bharat Kumar and Bahadur were sleeping when the accused,armed with iron rods and two country-made pistols,forced their way in.
Status The Panchkula police are still to make any substantial breakthrough in the case as the loot has not been recovered yet.
Case 4 (March 17,2008)
Two employees of Vishal Mega Mart were robbed of Rs 45,000 by four unidentified youths near the HAFED building.
Status The police are yet to make a breakthrough in the case.
Case 5 (April 2,2008)
Two men,one impersonating as a PGI doctor duped the owners of four Sector-11 showrooms of lakhs of rupees and fled the city. On March 29,the duo visited four electronic and furniture showrooms and purchased goods worth lakhs of rupees and issued fake cheques in return. While one of the youths identified himself as Vishesh Kumar,the other presented himself as one Dr Kapil Chaddha. It was only after three days,when the cheques bounced,that the showroom owners discovered the fraud.
Status Despite the CCTV footage having been provided by the showroom owners,the police failed to nab the accused.
Case 6 (May 27,2008)
Two residents of Maloya village in Chandigarh,Dharamvir (25) and Rajesh Kumar (35),were robbed of Rs 7 lakh behind the Amrohi filing station in Sector 4,Panchkula. The duo was on their way to Sector 4 after having withdrawn cash from HDFC bank in Sector 11. While Rajesh escaped unhurt,Dharamvir was critically injured in the incident.
Status No arrests have been made in the case till date.
Case 7 (September 16,2008)
A 17-year-old student of a local school claimed of being abducted,tortured and gangraped by four persons,including a girl,in the government office garage in Sector 4,Panchkula. The victim named two persons Jatin and Chhavi as the main accused in the case. She also claimed of that she was blackmailed and repeatedly raped by the accused for a year after the group made a pornographic CD featuring her.
Status No arrests have been made as the police are yet to identify the accused.
Case 8 (January 5,2009)
The body of a watchman with the Sector-8 post office,Harjinder Singh,was found in Sector 26,Panchkula,near the Sector Herbal Park. After an attempted robbery at the post office on January 4,the police had suspected the involvement of the watchman in the case.
Status The police are yet to make a breakthrough in the murder case.
Case 9 (January 23,2008)
Four persons drugged two employees of an Amritsar-based jewellery shop and duped them of gold ornaments worth nearly Rs 30 lakh in the AWHO society of Sector 20 in Panchkula.
Status While sketches were made and the police claimed to have identified the main accused,no arrests have been made till date.
Case 10 (January 27,2009)
Five armed persons decamped with gold and diamond jewellery worth lakhs of rupees from PC Jewellers,Sector 14,Panchkula,in a duration of four minutes. The robbers,dressed in police uniform with a handcuffed accomplice,posed to have come to the jewellery shop with an accused in connection with a case. Before anybody could comprehend the actual motive of the robbers,they fired gunshots in the air and made off with the loot.
Status While the CCTV-recorded images of the five accused was provided to the police and their sketches made,the police are yet to make any substantial headway in the case.