An eight-member group of dacoits, suspected to be from the dreaded Kala Kachha gang, struck at three farmhouses on the periphery of Chandigarh and SAS Nagar in four hours on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, injuring four people, including a woman. The gang looted Rs 50,000 and gold ornaments.
Of the farmhouses, Rajpal Farms is owned by a retired army captain; Bhullar Farms is owned by a retired Punjab Police top; the ownership of the third, Gauba Farms, could not be verified.
FREE-RUN FOR 4 HOURS
The dacoits struck at the Rajpal Farms in Mullanpur at around 11:30 pm and moved to the nearby Gauba Farms around 11:45 pm, spreading terror. Even as both the Chandigarh and the SAS Nagar police were informed around 12:30 am, the gang managed to strike again, this time in Chandigarh, at the Bhullar Farms in Khuda Lahora, just a km away from the Mullanpur farms, around 2:15 am.
The dacoits walked to the Bhullar Farms, leading to a question mark on the reaction time of the police. They broke open the locks of the Rajpal Farms, where the caretaker, Jai Singh alias Bhola, was staying with his family. Bhola and his wife, Girija, were assaulted with rods. The robbers snatched their phones and destroyed the SIM cards. “Before leaving, the miscreants covered their faces with the clothes lying in the room,” said Bhola.
AT SECOND FARMHOUSE
The gang then targeted Gauba Farms, 50 m away, and assaulted caretaker Raman Yadav, Bhola’s brother. More than Rs 6,000 and some gold ornaments were snatched. The victims could not inform the police as their SIMs were destroyed. The police were informed by Bablu Singh, another brother of Bhola, at a farmhouse, 400 m away.
THE THIRD FARMHOUSE
The gang then walked up to the Bhullar Farms, Khuda Lahora, and forced caretaker 65-year-old Gian Singh, a former ASI with Punjab Police, to open up and assaulted him with rods and sharp-edged weapons, leaving the room splattered with blood. His room was ransacked and Rs 20,000 were stolen along with a gold bracelet.
The farm is owned by Daljeet Singh Bhullar, former DGP, Punjab police, and around 15 people, including seven children, stay here.
The police were informed by Parvati, one of the occupants of the farmhouse. The injured were taken to the Sector-16 General Hospital and were referred to the PGI, where their condition is stable. The Chandigarh and SAS Nagar police have registered separate cases of robbery and are preparing sketches.