A group of six to seven armed robbers allegedly held a family hostage in Kalka in the wee hours of Monday,assaulted the members and injured one of them,before they decamped with Rs 20,000 and jewellery.
According to police officials,around 3 am,the gang of robbers entered the house of Bachan Singh,a retired government employee,at Bharat Nagar in Kalka,and held guns and knives at the family members. The jewellery that was looted were gold rings,bangles and bracelets,police said. Official added that when the family members raised an alarm,they fired a gunshot in the air.
The police have launched a manhunt for the accused. Panchkula-Ambala range commissioner of police and a special team of Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) have been asked to carry out investigation. It seems the handiwork of some local people. I have asked the CIA team to probe the case, he said.
According to police officials,the miscreants,who were masked,managed to loot the valuables in 30 minutes. Police officials added that the robbers assaulted Bachan Singhs wife,after she refused to hand over the keys of the drawer in which the jewellery was kept. As she raised an alarm,her son,Deepinder Singh,tried to resist the robbers. In the scuffle,he sustained injuries on his hand and thigh. After the thieves managed to take away the valuables,Deepinder followed them outside. But,the accused fired a shot in the air before fleeing, police said.
Officials added that the robbers had come on foot. At the time of the incident,besides Bachan Singh,his wife and son and daughter-in-law were present,a senior police official said.