In yet another carjacking incident, a vehicle was snatched at gunpoint from an SAS Nagar resident near the Kalibari traffic lights in Sector 47 during the wee hours on Sunday.
According to the police, four youngsters forced the Tata Indica car’s driver, identified as Kamaljit Singh, to get out of the vehicle and, after robbing him of his cash and valuables, sped away in it, leaving behind their ‘accidentally’ damaged Suzuki Alto at the scene.
Investigations conducted so far have revealed that one of the suspects, identified as Sandeep Kumar, is involved in another snatching case and had escaped from custody when the police brought him for a court hearing on October 6.
It all happened when the victim Kamaljit Singh reached the city along with a neighbour in his Indica after driving down from Delhi. Kamaljit, a resident of Phase VI, SAS Nagar, said he and his neighbour had gone to Delhi to drop his neighbour’s sister at the airport.
Kamaljit Singh, talking to HT, said, “I arrived in the city from Delhi along with a friend at about 3.30 am, when I reached near the Kalibari traffic lights. I noticed an accident between an Alto car and a bus. I stopped my car and went up to the occupants of the Alto to help them after they signalled me to stop. I then saw two of them were having bruises on their face and asked me to bring water,” Kamaljit said.
He added that his car was parked about 200 meters from the Alto and he went back to fetch water for them.
“When I returned with the water, the youth on the driver’s seat took out a pistol and aimed at my forehead. The youths then asked me to walk till my car. In the meantime, my friend saw them from a distance and got down from the car. As the keys were in my car, the youths sat inside and sped away towards Sector 48,” Kamaljit said, adding he immediately informed the police about the incident.
The police have impounded the Alto car that is suspected to have been robbed in Ludhiana. A CFSL team also arrived at the scene and collected blood samples of the injured from the car. Meanwhile, the police said investigations into the case were on.
Sector 31 police station SHO Kirpal Singh said the police were scanning CCTV footage from the cameras installed at the traffic lights.
The police have filed a case under sections 392 (robbery), 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.