April 21, 2009 3:05:28 am
Mohali has recorded a sudden increase in robberies that bear a common modus operandi-victims are waylaid,assaulted and robbed of cash,valuables and vehicles worth lakhs of rupees.
The gravity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that of the total 16 such strikes in the past year,seven were reported in the last two months.
In these 16 cases of robbery,five victims were done to death after being shot or attacked with sharp-edged weapons while nearly 20 others were left grievously injured.
While the district police managed to crack six cases,including three involving murder,with the arrest of 16 persons,investigations in the other 13 are yet to make any headway.
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While a majority of the victims are realtors,call centre executives,students and financiers,the police suspect personal or business rivalries as reason for most of the attacks.
Giving weight to their claim are results that emerged from two of the solved cases wherein acquaintances of victims turned out to be the main suspects.
While spiritual leader Hari Charan Vashisht,also an official with the Punjab Agriculture department,fell prey to his own followers,a property dealer was robbed and killed by his staff.
The third case was solved with the arrest of three Kharar youths on charges of robbing and stabbing to death Devinder Kumar Sahota,a customer sales associate with a local call centre in Mohali on September 28.
Two major robbery cases that remain unsolved include: the murder of a Mohali-based jeweller-cum-financier Satinder Pal Singh after he apparently resisted a snatching bid in Kharar on January 28,and the murder of Chandigarh businessman Gurcharan Singh who was reportedly set on fire after being beaten to death near Swara village on October 2.
The SSP says
We are launching a special drive to check such incidents and track the culprits. The number of strikes has shown a statistical increase in the recent past because we are registering separate FIRs for all cases. All efforts are being made to solve the remaining cases. said Jatinder Singh Aulakh,Senior Superintendent of Police (Mohali)
APRIL 17: A realtor was waylaid,assaulted and robbed of Rs 50,000 in Balongi village.
APRIL 14: A student of S D College,Sector 32,Chandigarh,was waylaid,assaulted and robbed of a gold chain in Mohali.
APRIL 3: Leading realtor and member of the Chandigarh Block Samiti Gurmail Singh was abducted from outside the District Administrative Complex and released after nearly seven hours,but not before being robbed of Rs 50,000,a mobile phone and being paraded naked in Mohali.
MARCH 20: A 20-year-old resident of Milk Colony in Dhanas,Sumit Kumar,was waylaid and robbed of a motorcycle on the Mohali-Kharar stretch of National Highway-21 near the Patiala Ki Rao rivulet over-bridge in Mohali.
MARCH 9: A call centre executive was waylaid and robbed of cash and mobile phone at sword-point in Mohali.
MARCH 7: Two salesmen at a leading readymade garments store in Sector 17,Chandigarh,were waylaid,assaulted and robbed of cash and valuables,before being left unconscious with serious head and other injuries in Nayagaon.
FEBRUARY 28: A spiritual leader was thrown alive in the gushing waters of Bhakra Canal after being robbed of cash,jewellery and a car in Mohali.
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