Eighteen members of two families sustained injuries when miscreants broke into two deras (houses located at a distance from the main village) at Mothanwal village in Kapurthalas Sultanpur Lodhi on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. They decamped with cash,gold and other valuables.
The accused first broke into Maksudan Sahnis house at 1.30 am and attacked five persons. After 20 to 25 minutes,they broke into Ajit Singhs house,located at a distance of 400 m from the Sahni residence. Though the police are yet to arrest anyone in the case,they claim the attacks could have neen the work of Pardi or Bhangala gangs. The injured have been admitted to Satyam Hospital in Jalandhar and Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi civil hospitals.
Though a police post is located around 1.5 km from where the incident took place,personnel from Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi police stations located over 20 and 9 km respectively reached the spot before them.
Both the families are economically poor while Maksudan,in his 50s,takes contracts to weave lintel for under construction buildings,Ajits (80) family has around 3 acre of land and also works as carpenters.
According to the families,they were attacked by around 15 to 20 heavily drugged people. Those who sustained serious injuries included the elderly,women and children. They had sharp-edged weapons and seemed to be under influence of some drugs. They did not listen to anyone and attacked all who came their way, said Sahnis daughter Kiran,adding that the miscreants broke into the houses after scaling the boundary wall.
The injured included Sahni,his wife Madhu,son Saurav,daughters Kiran and Pooja. Pawan,a family member who is physically challenged,was left alone after the family requested the accused not to touch him. At Ajits house,all 11 members were attacked. Ajits daughter-in-law Jaswant Kaur has been admitted to the hospital in a serious condition.
They thought that no one will survive. But I gained consciouses and called our neighbours Jarnail Singh and Hardyal Singh, said Jaswant Kaur. Jarnail,who lives at a distance of 500 m from Ajits house,received the phone call after 2 am and informed the police.
Area MLA Navtej Singh Cheema,who reached the village early Monday,said: No one is safe here. Till the time smuggling of drugs is controlled,more such incidents will take. Others to visit the village included Kapurthala SSP Inderbir Singh and DC D S Mangat.
From the modus operandi,it seems that it could be the work of either the Bhangala gang of Himchal Pradesh or the Pardi gang. A red alert has been issued in the area and we have got some clues, said the SSP. Meanwhile,the Punjab government has announced that it will pay for the treatment of all the injured.