Dacoits strike again, this time at Zirakpur

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Jul 27, 2014 12:48 IST

Two days after dacoits struck at three farmhouses, two in Mullanpur and one in Khuda Lahora, ten armed men, with faces covered, targeted a farm house, an orchard and a religious place at Sanoli village in Zirakpur, on Friday after midnight, injuring six people, including three women. The police said that Rs 22,000 and gold ornaments were looted. First target: Mango orchard

The dacoits targeted a mango orchard, where they assaulted the caretaker Devraj and his family. Four members of the family were assaulted with wooden blocks and Rs 20,000 and jewellery was looted. Devraj’s son, Jaswinder sustained minor injuries. Their wives have been seriously injured. The miscreants also whisked away the wheat sacks.

The victims said that the assailants were wearing black shorts and had applied oil on their bodies. They looted the trunk and mobile phone of Devraj. These were later recovered from the fields.

After looting the orchard, they looted Bansal Farms, adjacent to the orchard and assaulted the caretaker Aushutosh and looted his bicycle. The farmhouse is owned by Gurdas Bansal, a resident of Panchkula.

The gang, at last, targeted a religious place where Ram Chand and his wife Pallo were the caretakers. They robbed Rs 2,000 from them.SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said: “The possibility that that the dacoities were the handiwork of the same gang that looted the three farmhouses cannot be ruled out.”

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