Unfazed by the presence of an intruder in his brother’s house, a valiant man foiled a theft attempt and managed to get the accused arrested in Sector 23 on Tuesday.
The accused has been identified as Agwinder Singh, also a resident of Sector 23. Police said they had recovered some tools, a rod and a sharp-edged weapon from Singh’s possession which he was to use for breaking open almirahs. They added that the youth, educated from a convent school, was a drug addict.
House owner Gurmukh Singh told the police that he and his family were away for the past few days to attend a ceremony. Therefore, his brother Harbans Singh on Tuesday morning visited his house to check on it.
Harbans said when he reached the house, he was shocked to see the window glass broken. Suspecting an intruder, he went into the house and found a youth inside.
He added that on spotting him, the youth attacked him with a rod, but he managed to run outside and locked the house. He then raised an alarm and informed the police.
Residents gathered on the spot, trapping the accused inside. Later, police reached the spot and arrested Agwinder, who was taken to hospital for medical examination.
Police said as Agwinder was intoxicated, he was under treatment at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, GMSH, Sector 16, and would be formally arrested after being discharged.
After the police took the accused to the hospital, the residents discovered that a theft attempt was made at another house in the same lane. However, the accused could not break open the main door.
Residents claimed that the same youth had been nabbed on a previous occasion for the same offence from another house in the locality.
Deshraj Singh, Sector 22 police post incharge, said they were looking the accused’s criminal history. A case under section 380 (theft), 451 (house trespass in order to commit offence) and 454 (lurking or house-breaking in order to commit offence) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.