A former officer of the Indian Air Force managed to resist three armed men and escape in his SUV after they attacked him in an attempt steal the vehicle, in Kharar late Tuesday.
Varinder Pal Singh, 38, who runs an English coaching centre and an IELTS institute in Kurali, sustained a gash in his thigh from when one of the miscreants attacked him with a knife. The Mohali resident is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Phase III.
Police have initiated an investigation after registering a case against unidentified persons at Kharar (City) police station.
Varinder, a resident of Mohali’s Sector 78, told police that he was on his way to Mohali when he stopped his vehicle near Bhagat Ghat chowk, around 500 metres from the bus stand, to attend nature’s call. He was walking towards his car when three men, who looked like they were in their mid twenties, surrounded him and demanded that he hand over the car keys.
He told police that one of the men aimed a pistol at him, while the other was carrying a knife. They told him to give the keys, but he refused and tried to overpower them. He then pushed them aside and when he sat in his car, the man who was carrying the gun fired two shots in the air. The other one wielding a knife then attacked him. However, he somehow managed to start the car and sped away.
Varinder then drove his car to Max Hospital in Phase VI, Mohali, which is around 7 km from the spot where the incident took place.
Kharar (City) Station House Officer (SHO) Inspector Bhagwant Singh said they had registered a case against unidentified men under sections 394 (robbery), 34 (common intention) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Arms Act.
“We recovered two shells from the spot and are scrutinising the CCTV cameras,” the SHO added.