Four held guilty for robbery in P'kula house

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2014 23:25 IST

The court of district and sessions judge RK Sondhi on Wednesday held four people guilty of loot in Sector 4 by holding four people hostage at knifepoint last year.

The incident took place the night of February 13, 2013. Anirudh Garg, then Class 12 student, was watching TV while his father's accountant Praveen Gupta was working in the garage, which was being used as office by the Garg family. Reena, a maid of the family was working in kitchen.

At 8.30 pm, their doorbell rang up. Anirudh opened the door and found two women. The women asked Anirudh about his father Rajeev, owner of a poultry farm. Anirudh replied that his was not at home. Soon, few men brought Gupta inside at knifepoint and threatened both of Anirudh and Gupta to reveal about the jewellery kept at the house. They brought Reena also.

The convicts tied their mouth, hands and feet of all of them with dupattas and pushed them inside a bathroom. Anirudh's friend Praveen Singla arrived at the house that time and he was also held hostage with his mouth and hands tied.

The convicts took away Anirudh's I-phone, Singla's Samsung Note-II, a laptop, around `15,000 cash and silver utensils.

Rajesh Kumar, an employee of Rajeev Garg, who came later to the house, freed all the hostages. Eventually, the police were called and a case was registered.
Sujata, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, Tabassum Khan, a resident of Chandigarh, and Gokul Nanda, a resident of Odisha, were arrested on February 16, 2013, from Zirakpur in connection with the case.

The accused further revealed the names of their accomplices. Later, Imran Khan and Rahul Ankush, residents of Mumbai, Rajwinder Kaur, a resident of Ropar, and Tejpal, a resident of Panchkula, were also arrested. The stolen items were recovered from them.

After the trial, Sujata, Tejpal and Rajwinder Kaur were acquitted while Nanda, Tabassum, Imran and Rahul Ankush were held guilty.

The clinching evidence in the case was identification of Tabassum by Anirudh and Praveen Gupta in the court while from the rest stolen items were recovered.

A shopkeeper also identified Tabassum from whom she bought the knives which were used in the crime.The police said the convicts had the information that a property dealer in Sector 4, Panchkula, had recently acquired `4 crore cash, but they chose the wrong house. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Friday.

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