A gang of nearly 20 men struck at a family staying in tents at Kailon village, 7 km from here, around 2.30am on Monday and decamped with Rs 5 lakh and other valuables.
The family members said the robbers attacked them with sharp-edged weapons and rods when they sleeping.
Nine persons of the family, including five women, were injured. The family hailed from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh.
The injured were identified as Abhi Mohammad, Reham Ali, Noor Aalh, Zukub Ali and Roshan Din, Nek, Sain, Atar and Shubra. They were rushed to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Chandigarh, where their condition was stated to be stable. Nek was referred to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). Sources said Nek’s was condition was critical.
Though the police were verifying the amount that the victims’ claimed to be robbed, it suspected the involvement of members of “Kala Kacha” gang as similar modus operandi was used during the robberies at farmhouses on the outskirts of Chandigarh and SAS Nagar in July.
Eyewitness Salema said a group of men came in a car and a jeep and attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. “I was in the other tent and after listening to the screams, I tried to escape so that I could inform the police, but three of them chased and caught me within 50 metres.”
While explaining their identities, she said all of them were wearing black trousers and were communicating in a language they did not understand.
Salema added said, “We come here every year for animal feeding, and have arrived around a month back.
Before leaving, the attackers even snatched our mobile phones.”
After ransacking, the robbers also took their trunks with them, which contained the cash and other valuables. Later, the empty trunks were found around 200 metres from the spot.
After the incident one of the victims informed the villagers and announcements were made through a speaker at a gurdwara to alert people and the police were also informed.
SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police Inder Mohan Singh said a case was registered against unidentified persons and the police were working on different theories to identify the gang.
He added that the gang of “Bangalas” cannot be ruled out as they also adopted the same modus operandi.