In a hold-up spanning nearly two hours, a gang of robbers went on a looting spree on a road on the outskirts of Aligarh, beating one man to death in the process and leaving 10 others injured. The incident took place under Iglas police station area of the district late Sunday night, and came just two days after Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal and DGP Javeed Ahmed held a review meeting of officials of Agra and Aligarh divisions Friday.
While Aligarh SSP Luv Kumar said they are probing the incident, a police official claimed that the family of the deceased alleged that their rivals could have killed the man.
The deceased has been identified as Kunwarpal of Bans Fateli village, who was beaten to death for resisting the robbers. Nine others, including five from Kunwarpal’s village, were relieved of their cash, mobilephones and bicycles. Three villagers who sustained critical injuries were admitted to hospital for treatment.
While the police said that the hold-up seems to have started around 9 pm and ended around 10:30 pm, the villagers claimed it started around 10 pm and ended around midnight. The victims claimed the gang comprised about a dozen masked men, who were also carrying firearms. The robbers allegedly tied up the hands and legs of the victims and pushed them into the dark before fleeing from the spot, the victims told the police.
Talking to The Indian Express, the SSP said a case of murder and robbery has been lodged against unidentified miscreants on the complaint of Dharampal Singh, brother of Kunwarpal.
“According to the victims, some unidentified men robbed them of their money and valuables while they were crossing a canal. We are investigating,” the SSP said. He added that the place where robbery took place had a speed breaker. “As per our initial investigation, the robbers were hiding in dark and they attacked each passing villager when they slowed down their bike or cycle due the speed breaker. The robbers tied hands and legs of the victims with their own shirts and trousers and left them in the dark,” the SSP said.