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Panchkula: Man barges into retired I-T commissioner’s house, stabs him thrice

Assailant caught on CCTVs in the locality, police launch hunt for suspect.

By: Express News Service | Panchkula |
Updated: May 28, 2022 7:24:09 pm
A screengrab of the CCTV footage.

A 77-year-old retired income tax commissioner was critically injured after an unidentified man barged into his Sector 7 residence and stabbed him multiple times on Friday afternoon.

Police said septuagenarian, Amar Partap Kakaria, was stabbed at least thrice in his neck and had to be rushed to a private hospital, where he is undergoing treatment at the ICU.

The assailant, investigators said, was caught on CCTV installed in the locality. He had covered his face with a handkerchief and discarded his weapon at the scene of crime.

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According to the police, Kakaria’s daughter-in-law, Shilpa, and grandson, Samarth, were at home when the assailant forcefully entered the house and attacked the elderly man. Kakaria’s son, Vikrant, had left the house minutes before the incident.

“I left the house briefly around 2.50 pm. The man entered the house at 3 pm. My father yelled for help, calling my wife and son. By the time they could come to his aid, the man had stabbed my father thrice. My father tried to resist the attacker and in the process, his knife broke in three pieces,” Vikrant, an income tax lawyer, said.

“My father was lying in a pool of blood when I returned. I immediately rushed him to a private hospital. Doctors have said that the next 48 hours are going to be crucial.”

According to sources, Kakaria was standing near the main entry door when suddenly the unknown masked man tried to barge into the house. On being stopped and asked why he was trying to enter the house, the man apparently pulled out a knife and attacked Kakaria.

“The assailant has been spotted on CCTV roaming around in the area prior to the crime. The footage of many CCTV cameras show that the assailant escaped on foot after committing the crime. He fledtowards Sector 17 after crossing the roundabout of Sector 7/18. He was alone.”
After the Panchkula police were informed, a mobile forensic team visited the house and collected the broken knife pieces from the spot. The police have in the meanwhile also recorded the statements of family members, a maid and Kakaria’a daughters, including one who is married.

SHO Sector 7 police station, Inspector Hari Ram, said, “Efforts are being made to arrest the assailant. He was caught on CCTV. Patrolling has been intensified in the area.”

A case under charges of trespassing, attempt to murder, and assault was registered at Sector 7 police station.

Saturday’s incident, meanwhile, once again raised concerns about the safety of senior citizens in Panchkula. “This is a posh locality in Sector 7. Many senior citizens are alone in their homes here, especially during the afternoons. This is an alarming incident. Despite the fact that the assailant was caught on CCTV, the police are yet to identify or arrest the culprit. Around 24 hours have passed since the incident,” a neighbour of Kakaria said.

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