The district police are clueless on the identity of the dacoits, who attacked two houses on Mothanwala-Dadwindi Road on Sunday midnight and looted valuables.
Denying police sloth, Kapurthala SSP Inderbir Singh told HT, "We have rounded up several suspects and investigations are on. Teams have been formed to raid possible hideouts and we are working on different theories. We will nab the robbers soon."
It has been learnt that the police had reached the spot of the first attack, and got busy in the treatment of the injured, while the robbers were busy attacking the occupants of the second house, barely a km away.
Meanwhile, the condition of Ajit Singh (70), one of the injured, has deteriorated. "His blood pressure is not under control due to his age. Kapurthala civil surgeon is supervising the medical treatment. If there is no improvement, we might air-lift him to a PGI, Chandigarh, in a day or two," Kapurthala deputy commissioner Daljit Singh Mangat said.
"We are following the state government directions on free treatment to the injured. We did receive complaints that relatives were being asked to pay for tests etc. However, we found no merit in these complaints," he added.
Doctors at the private hospital in Jalandhar said that the condition of the two injured, Hardyal Singh and Gyan Kaur, admitted at their hospital was critical but stable.
"Gyan Kaur has two fractures in her arm and her jaw-bone has been fractured. We will assess the need for surgery of Hardyal Singh and Gyan Kaur on Wednesday," a doctor said.