Armed dacoits looted cash and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh after injuring nine members of a family in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, police said.
A gang of 30-35 armed robbers barged into the house of Babu Lal Kevat, a farmer in Chander village under Depalpur police station and attacked nine members of the family who were sleeping outside their house before looting cash and jewellery worthmore than Rs 5 lakh, said Depalpur sub divisional officer of police (SDOP) Anil Singh Rathore.
Police have launched a man-hunt and a case of dacoity has been registered by the Depalpur police.
Police are exploring various angles of the robbery, he said, adding that several police teams have been sent to the neighbouring districts following up on some leads.
He further said several tribal gangs, including the Pardi gang operating in neighbouring district are under the police scanner.
“When Kewat’s son tried to raise alarm, the dacoits opened fire. No one was, however, injured in the firing but three people were badly beaten up by the dacoits.”
“The dacoits looted Rs 5 lakh in cash and jewellery. We have rounded-up several suspects and investigation is going on,” the SDOP added.
Police said the dacoit fled after villagers started cordoning off the village.
In 2012, a murder-cum-dacoity had taken place at Khatiwala Tank. Jasveer Singh Chhabra, a timber merchant was bludgeoned to death by the dacoits. The armed robbers had looted cash and jewellery before clubbing Chhabra and his wife, Saranjeet with a cricket bat. Police had arrested the five dacoits, who were awarded double life terms in 2013. All were from the Pardi community.