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Armed robbers strike again

In yet another daylight robbery that left the Panchkula police red faced,two armed robbers struck at the Sector 12A residence of a businessman on Tuesday and robbed cash and jewellery worth Rs 2.5 lakh.

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula |
August 19, 2009 2:30:41 am

In yet another daylight robbery that left the Panchkula police red faced,two armed robbers struck at the Sector 12A residence of a businessman on Tuesday and robbed cash and jewellery worth Rs 2.5 lakh.

Jatinder Kumar,who runs a gift shop in Sector 4,was alone when the robbers barged into the house in the morning. He tried to catch hold of one of the robbers but they managed to flee with the cash and jewellery.

While the Sector 14 police station is hardly a few metres away,the police took around 30 minutes to reach the spot,said the complainant. This is reportedly the fourth such case in six days in Panchkula.

“I stay with my mother. After she left for the Sector-12 temple around 9.30 am,as always,I went back to sleep because I was not feeling well. Around 11 am,I heard the main door crank open,but didn’t pay attention because I thought my mother had returned,” said Jatinder.

The robbers allegedly broke the main door to enter the house.

“After 15 minutes,I heard the sound of a wardrobe being opened. As I came out of my room,I found two robbers in my drawing room. While one of them ran towards the door,I went after the other one. But as he was a heavy-built man; he pushed me and pulled out his pistol,threatening to kill me if I raised an alarm. The robber then closed the main door and fled,” added Jatinder.

He said by the time he came out of the house and raised an alarm,the two robbers had fled on their motorcycle. “I rushed to my mother’s room and realised that all the cash and gold jewellery were gone,” said Jatinder.

According to him,the robbers were talking in Hindi.

The police,meanwhile,said Jatinder was shown the sketches of the robbers who struck at the Tanvir Filling Station in Sector 5 on Sunday and he said a sketch matched the descriptions of one of the two accused.

“We have registered a case under Sections 454,380,382 of the IPC and various sections of the Arms Act,” said Station House Officer,Sector 14,Inspector Aman Kumar.

Three more cases
* In Sector 26,Gautum Mehra and his wife Anuradha returned home after work only to find their house broken into. Gold ornaments worth Rs 90,000 and Rs 10,000 in cash were missing,the police said.
* A robbery attempt was made at a house in Sector 25. While the occupants of the house were out of station,neighbours noticed broken locks and informed the police. The family returned after being informed of the break-in,but did not lodge a complaint,saying though an attempt had been made nothing was stolen.
* Another incident occurred in Saketri village. A resident,Mahipal,complained to the police that goods worth Rs 8,000 were stolen from his house.

BJP leader’s wife attacked by snatchers
Anjali,wife of Bharatiya Janata Party councillor Ramesh Bartwal,lost her gold chain to snatchers who attacked her near the Sector-19 market in Panchkula. Two motorcycle-borne youth snatched her chain,she told the police,adding that they had tried to snatch her earrings too but could not do so. A case has been registered.

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