In a daring daylight robbery, three masked men entered the house of a businessman in Phase 6 here and walked away with nearly 400 gram of gold jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh (approx) and Rs 10,000 in cash after holding the family members hostage at gunpoint. The miscreants struck around 1.30 pm on Tuesday when no male member was present in the house.
The miscreants locked a woman in the washroom and took her mother-in-law at gunpoint after gagging her mouth with a piece of cloth, asking her to hand over the valuables. Shikha Goyal, who was locked in the washroom by the robbers, said that the miscreants entered the house when the door was open.
Raj Bala, mother-in-law of Shikha, said that after entering the house, the robbers snatched away the mobile phone. She said that all the three men had marks on their faces and one was carrying a revolver, another one a knife. “They first locked my daughter-in-law in the washroom. They then took me at gunpoint and asked for the keys of the locker. I gave them the keys and they opened the locker, wrapped up the jewellery and cash and fled. The robbers took along our phone,” said Raj Bala. After the robbers had fled, the neighbours gathered at the spot and informed the police and Shikha’s husband about the incident.
Dharampal Goyal, owner of the house, said that he and his son were not at home at the time of the incident. “I had gone to get my scooter serviced and my son Puneet had gone to the market,” he said. Puneet said that he had left the house only for 15 minutes and the robbers had timed it well when no male member was present in the house.
The police said preliminary investigations point out that the miscreants had done a recce before committing the crime. The phone that had been taken away is no more in use.
Deputy superintendent of police, Alam Vijay Singh, said that a case had been registered against the unidentified miscreants. Investigations and efforts to trace the accused were on, he said.
On July 28 a chain-snatching incident had taken place in the same area, when Amandeep Kaur was targeted by two bikers, who snatched her gold chain. Amandeep lodged a complaint with the police check post at Phase 6 in SAS Nagar. Kaur said that the police did not register a case even though she visited the police post several times. Kaur said that she later called helpline 181 and lodged a complaint, which was forwarded to the police again. She alleged that she even had provided the bike’s registration number to the police, still a case was not registered.
UNSOLVED CASES IN SAS NAGAR
July 19: Two armed men in their late 20s robbed Rs 11 lakh from a liquor vend in Sector 70, SAS Nagar, and escaped. The case is yet to be solved.
June 23: A 26-year-old woman driving a SUV was waylaid at gunpoint in Zirakpur. The woman was dumped at a secluded place and there is no trace of her SUV ever since.
May 5: Three masked and armed miscreants barged into the Dera Bassi post office and looted Rs 2 lakh at gunpoint. The case is yet to be solved.
February 17: A car was stolen from the Landran-Chunni road around noon. Police are yet to solve the case.
February 14: A group of four miscreants loot Rs 20,000 from a liquor shop in Sector 92. A salesman sustained bullet injuries. The case still unsolved.
February 5: Six armed robbers strike at a house in Phase 3B1 and flee away with jewellery worth Rs 30-35 lakh. The case is still unsolved.