By Harjeet Singh
The lawlessness in Tricity hit a new low on Friday night when suspected members of the notorious Kala Kachha gang struck again at three places near a village in Zirakpur during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, decamping with cash, jewellery and odd items and injuring six persons (including three women), two of whom are admitted in PGI with severe injuries. The incident comes two days after a Kala Kachha gang struck at three farmhouses in Mullanpur and Khuda Lahora.
Police suspect it is the handiwork of the same gang because of striking similarities and similar modus operandi in all the incidents. On Friday night, the gang struck at two farmhouses and a religious place near Sanauli village.
Around 10-12 underwear-clad and masked dacoits armed with sticks and rods first targeted a mango orchard on the Sanauli-Kishanpura road. The orchard is owned by one Parvinder Singh but Banur resident Devraj, the contractor, had been living there for the past 15 years with his family. Around 2 am, Devraj, his wife Dharmo, son Binder and daughter-in-law Reena were sleeping in the open when they were taken by surprise and attacked by the dacoits. After beating them mercilessly, the assailants ransacked the house and stole Rs 20,000 in cash, jewellery ornaments including the ones worn by the women, a cycle and a mobile phone.
Thereafter, they locked them inside their room and fled. At around 4am, an area resident who came to the orchard for purchasing mangoes unlocked them and rushed them to the Panchkula General Hospital in Sector 6. Devraj and Dharmo, who had sustained serious injuries, were referred to PGI.
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The gang later went to a nearby farmhouse owned by Panchkula resident Gurdas Bansal from where they stole a cycle and locked the caretaker sleeping inside his room without injuring him. A while later, they went to inside the village and targeted a dargah where they injured a couple sleeping inside and fled with Rs 2,000, jewellery ornaments, two wheat bags, and some other items.
Victims Ram Chander and his wife Palo Devi were then tied with clothes collected from the spot and locked inside a room. They were rescued by the villagers in the morning and rushed to GMCH-32 in Chandigarh.
On Saturday morning, senior police officers reached the spot and a single case of dacoity was registered with the Zirakpur Police under Section 395 of the IPC on the complaint of Devraj’s son Binder. Police recovered a stolen mobile and an empty trunk from near the mango orchard. Forensics team collected blood and other samples from the spot while a stick used in the crime was also recovered.
Just like in the previous dacoities, victim Binder told the police that the dacoits spoke a Hindi dialect common among some nomadic tribes and were clad in underwear. The only difference this time was that they also had oil applied on their bodies, according to the victims. The gang had earlier committed a similar dacoity in Derabassi a few months ago. Last year, too, a similar incident was reported from the area.