TWO UNIDENTIFIED youths who came in a Mitsubishi Pajero allegedly stole a Toyota Fortuner from the house of a local Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader in Sector 12 A, Panchkula, in the early hours of Saturday.
Dilbagh Nain, a businessman who is also state general secretary, Kisan cell, INLD, reported the incident to the police in the morning, after he realised that his car bearing registration number HR-14-K-007 was missing from outside his house. The incident took place around 5 am.
In his complaint, Nain said that as part of his daily routine, his elder son, Ritik woke up early morning for his football training in Chandigarh. “Around 5 am, he left on his bike and asked his grandmother, who was awake, to close the door. But she forgot and after 15 minutes when I got ready to leave for gym, the keys were not there,” said Nain.
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He said he usually keeps the keys of both his cars, Honda City and Toyota Fortuner on the table in the drawing room, but when he woke up, the keys of Fortuner were not there and the car was also missing. While the Honda City was parked inside the house premises, the sports utility vehicle (SUV) had been parked outside the main gate. He informed the police.
The incident was captured on CCTV cameras installed at his neighbor’s house. The footage shows a red and white Pajero parked outside his neighbor, Suresh Aggarwal’s house at 5:12 am, soon after Nain’s son left.
“He (Aggarwal) told me that he saw two unidentified youth who came in a Pajero. They parked it outside, and one of them entered our house and went inside, and then took away the car. Both of them were around 25 years of age and one of them was wearing sunglasses,” said Nain.
A theft case was registered at Sector 14 Police Station.
“We have registered the case and started the investigation. We checked the CCTV footage, but it only shows the Pajero and not the suspects. We are also collecting the footage from other CCTV cameras,” said Inspector Sukhbir Singh, SHO, Sector 14 Police Station.
Nain said he suspects that a recce of his house had been done before the crime. “It was all planned, as if someone had instructed them to carry out the theft,” he said.