The police on Saturday arrested three people, who had fled after snatching a Fortuner vehicle from a dhaba owner and a tractor from a farmer at gunpoint. Following an exchange of fire, the three were arrested three hours after the incident, while their three accomplices managed to flee. The police have recovered arms from them and started proceedings to register a case murderous attack on police, snatching at gunpoint besides under the Arms Act.
Six youth reached Moon dhaba, at Gholumajra, near Dappar Toll Plaza on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway around noon in an autorickshaw. Three of them approached dhaba owner Rampal, a resident of Gholumajra, and alleged that his Fortuner vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run case that occurred near Dera Bassi few hours ago. Rampal denied their allegation, saying that vehicle had been parked in front of the dhaba since morning. One of them pointed a revolver at Rampal and snatched the keys and drove away with the vehicle towards the toll plaza after boarding three other accomplices.
Dera Bassi SP Anil Sharma said dhaba owner Rampal immediately called up his brother posted with the Lalru police and messages were flashed to the nearby police stations. After spotting a naka on the highway, the accused steered the vehicle towards Dehar village on the right side. Head constable Krishan gave a chase and the accused fired four shots. The police retaliated. Near Magra village, the vehicle got stuck in a muddy road and the accused took a lift in a tractor. They also snatched the tractor from its owner, Mahinder and tried to cross the Ghaggar via the Surat-Manoli bridge but police parties had already taken position there.
Finding themselves surrounded by police parties from Dera Bassi, Lalru, Handesra and Banur, the accused disappeared in fodder fields. During a search operation, police arrested four of them while two others continue to be at large.
SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Bhullar, SP (headquarters) HS Maan and Dera Bassi SP Anil Sharma were also present during the search operation. They said whether the accused were new faces in crime or professional criminals would be ascertained after further investigation.
Those arrested have been identified as Manoj Kumar, son of Dungarmal, a resident of Sirsa; Vijay Singh Thakur, son of Mahinder Singh, a resident of Shahpur, Sirsa; and Abhimanyu, a resident of Huda Colony, Sirsa. The three who escaped from the spot included Rammi of Kot Colony, Sirsa, Lakhwinder and Teza Singh, both from Sirsa. Police have recovered a countrymade .315-bore revolver from them.