Two Nepalese working as domestic servants decamped with 60gm gold jewellery, cash and other valuables after drugging an elderly couple at the house in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.
In the second crime, a factory watchman hailing from Haryana robbed his employer of Rs 20 lakh with help of his four accomplices and fled.
In the first case, Sarabha Nagar police have registered a case against domestic helps Keshav and Deepal Nepali and launched a manhunt to arrest them. Police commissioner Ishwar Singh and additional deputy commissioner of police (city-3) Joginder Singh went to the spot to take stock of the situation.
The victims Iqbal Singh Bagga (82) and his wife Harmohinder Kaur (82) were living with their son-in-law Dr Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, a plastic surgeon and medical superintendent of Dr BL Kapoor memorial hospital.
Dr Sidhu said that he along with his wife left for the hospital on Friday morning. When they returned, they saw the elderly couple lying unconscious. "My father-in-law was lying on a sofa while the mother-in-law was sprawled on the floor. The domestic help was not present. As I saw the almirah lying open, I had the idea about what had happened. I immediately sounded police and rushed my in-laws to the hospital," said Dr Sidhu.
"The accused served grams laced with sedatives to my in-laws in lunch. As they fell unconscious, the accused decamped with 60gm gold jewellery, cash and two cameras and other valuables," he added.
Dr Sidhu said Deepak was working at their house for the last 25 years. Deepak introduced Keshav to the family on October 1, as he was to visit his family in Nepal. However, Deepak returned on October 15 and stayed at Dr Sidhu's house till Sunday last.
Dr Sidhu alleged that it was planned theft and Deepak and Keshav were involved in the crime.
Sub-inspector Gurmeet Singh of Sarabha Nagar police station said Dr Sidhu had the photographs, addresses and contact numbers of the accused. Their cell phones were found switched off.
In another crime, a watchman of a spare parts manufacturing unit, Hindustan Trainer, in Kanganwal area took away Rs 20 lakh from owner Arun Kumar on Friday. Sahnewal Police have registered a case against watchman Mukesh Kumar, who is a native of Sham Roli village in Jhajjar in Haryana, and his accomplices.
Arun said that he had returned from Barnala after collecting Rs 20 lakh from several parties. Mukesh was aware about the huge collection.
Arun alleged that Mukesh hid his four accomplices in the factory, who thrashed him and snatched keys of his car from his pocket. The accused then robbed him of the cash and fled.
Sub-inspector Kulwant Singh, SHO of Sahnewal police station, said police have launched a manhunt for the accused.
It is pertinent to mention here that police commissioner Ishwar Singh had advised city residents on Friday through a press release to get police verifications of their servants, labourers and tenants done. The government has put police verification under Right to Service Act, which is available at Suvidha centres of police.