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Panchkula dacoity cracked; 3 held, 5 still wanted

The police here on Thursday claimed to have solved the robbery that took place in Sector 4 on Monday night, with the arrest of two women and a man.

chandigarh Updated: May 17, 2013 20:47 IST
HT Correspondent

The police here on Thursday claimed to have solved the robbery that took place in Sector 4 on Monday night, with the arrest of two women and a man.


Not only were the robbers naïve enough to use mobile phones stolen from the robbed house - thus giving away their location via tower signals - but they had actually chosen a target much smaller than the one they intended.

Sujata, Tabassum, both residents of Zirakpur, and Gokul, resident of Odisha, part of a larger gang, would be produced before the court on Friday. The where and how of their arrest weren't revealed by the cops. "A total of eight people were involved in the plot. We are still to arrest five more people, which includes the mastermind who is a property dealer in Ambala, along with two other men and two women," said deputy commissioner of police Ashwin Shenvi, who interrogated the accused. The stolen items were claimed to have been recovered.

Commissioner of police, Ambala-Panchkula, Rajbir Deswal, and Shenvi told reporters that the kingpin property dealer based in Ambala (whose name was not revealed) told Sujata that in Sector 4 the house of property dealer had Rs 4 crore in cash earned out of a deal.

Sujata then contacted her friend Gokul Patra, a resident of Odisha, who came with two of his friends to Ambala via train. They came to Panchkula by taxi and met Sujata, her friend Tabassum and one more person at Yavnika Park. From there, they went to the Sector-4 residence of Rajiv Garg, who was not at home. His son Anirudh was present there along with their maid and Garg's friend Praveen.

One of the women pressed the doorbell and asked Anirudh about Garg. Then all the remaining five people entered the house and took family members hostage at knifepoint.

But they did not get the Rs 4 crore, as that wasn't the house the kingpin had told them about. Fortunately for the police, before leaving the robbers took away mobile phones too along with cash and goods worth around Rs 2 lakh. Cops then started following the tower location of the stolen mobile phones.

In other details, the police said knives used in the dacoity were bought from industrial area phase-1 in Panchkula, and that one of the women yet to be arrested belongs to Chandigarh.