In A major robbery,four unidentified men allegedly decamped with cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees from a house in Sector 6 on Sunday evening. The house owner was stabbed before the four left the house.
The robbery took place in the area,which is very close to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police,Panchkula.
The injured house owner,70-year-old R K Garg,lives with his wife. He has been admitted in General Hospital and Medical College (GMCH),Sector 32 Chandigarh,where doctors termed his condition stable.
The incident took place,police said,at around 7 pm when Gargs wife,Rani Balla,was asked to come out by two men knocking on the door. The duo asked Balla that they have to get some business documents checked from Garg, said in-charge of Sector 6 police post,sub-inspector Balwant Singh.
Singh said Balla was blindfolded soon after the armed men barged into the house. She was bundled into a room while her husband was sipping tea in another room. They took away her jewellery including four bangles and a set of ear tops.
The attackers later barged into the Gargs room and demanded cash,which he refused. Subsequently,the duo was joined by two other armed men,who stabbed Garg in abdomen due to his resistance to pay the cash. Scared of losing his life and writhing in pain,Garg took them to the locker where he had kept Rs 4 lakh. He handed over the cash to the robbers,who then disappeared from the area.
Garg crawled to the room where his wife was bundled to rescue her. Balla was shocked to see her husband injured with blood oozing out of his abdomen. She immediately called one of her neighbours,who took Garg to the General Hospital,Panchkula,where he was referred to GMCH.
Robbers were speaking Hindi and Punjabi languages. And were in their twenties, said Singh.
A shocked Balla said that the entire robbery took place in 15 minutes. It seemed they had planned it for days, she said. Neighbours also informed the police,who rushed to the spot and sealed the whole house. Singh said investigation was going on and a case had been registered.