Ten days after some miscreants attacked and looted two families at Kamalpur Mothanwala village in Kapurthala,the Punjab Police Thursday made a breakthrough in the case by arresting four of the alleged accused,including a woman,from the slums near the Railway Coach Factory (RCF).
The arrested accused,belong to a nomadic tribe,hail from Uttar Pradesh,police said,adding that the attack on two families during the intervening night of May 12 and 13 had left 16 injured.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP),Kapurthala,Inderbir Singh,said the accused have been identified as Munim,Ashiq,Raju alias Magic alias Usman alias Pappu and Zareena alias Dilshana.
During the interrogation,they admitted to to the crime and also disclosed the names of six more accomplices namely Khusneed,Lukman alias Chharu,Kulwinder alias Gurdeep,Ila,Aaftab and Raju alias Vijay. The SSP said that police parties have been dispatched to nab the remaining accused.
As per the police the arrested accused were putting up in temporary shelters at Dhariwal town in district Gurdaspur and moved to Kapurthala recently. The gang used to migrate to the targeted area two weeks before the crime. They never used any vehicles or special weapons to commit the crime and used to utilise wooden sticks,planks,or iron rods to intimidate and beat up the victims,the SSP said.
He said based on a tip off,a search operation was launched in the slums set up along the major roads in the district. When a police party led by Harpreet Singh,SHO,Sultanpur Lodhi was searching temporary shelters on RCF road,four persons,including the woman,made an abortive attempt to flee. During the search of their hut,a bag containing two pass books and two identity cards belonging to the members of victim families were recovered.
Police sources said that on the day of the crime,the gang members reached the house of Maksudan Sahni at around 1 am on foot and attacked the family. After 20-25 minutes they broke into the house of Ajit Singh,located around 400 meters away from Sahnis house. They attacked the family members and after collecting the valuable fled on foot.
The accused who are still at large have escaped to UP,Bihar,Himachal and Rajasthan,police sources. SSP said that further investigations are on.