Five men allegedly assaulted and snatched a Honda City car from a 20-year-old engineering student near Sector 49 on Tuesday night.
The victim, Kartik Gupta, a student of third-year electronics engineering at Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Landran, was on his way home on Tuesday night, when the accused, who were in a Maruti Swift car, intercepted him and snatched his car.
In his complaint, the victim’s father Anil Kumar Gupta, a resident of Advocate Society, Sector 49, said his son had gone to Sector 45 to meet his friends and was returning home around 9:30pm, when he saw five youths in a Maruti Swift car staring at him at the Sector 47 lightpoint.
When he left the traffic lights, the youths chased him and overtook him twice. Assuming the Swift driver to be drunk, Kartik slowed down. When he reached near the Sector 49 Advocate Society, the youths intercepted him and pulled him out of the car. They then attacked him with a liquor bottle, and took away his car, Anil alleged.
Sector 34 station house officer (SHO) Kirpal Singh said it appeared that the miscreants were chasing Kartik and attacked him when they got an opportunity.
He said based on the victim’s statement, they had prepared sketches of the accused and circulated them to various stations.
The SHO said a case under sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 392 (robbery) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been registered.
Chandigarh senior superintendent of police (SSP) Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said it seemed that a gang was behind the crime as several such incidents had been reported in Punjab and Haryana, adding that they were working on several theories to crack the case.
Not a first
February 15: The SUV of director of St Soldier School, SAS Nagar, was snatched at gunpoint by a group of men from Sector 48 by using the same modus operandi.
The police are yet to crack the case.
July 2014: The undersecretary of Haryana law department was allegedly abducted, thrashed and thrown out of a moving car by a group of men near the Sector-43 bus stand. The Chandigarh police have been unable to solve the case