Carjacker drives off SUV of Infosys employee in Panchkula only to find 5-yr-old inside
Police suspect woman was target of carjacker who drove away Renault Duster without realising 5-year-old boy was inside.punjab Updated: Jun 07, 2017 11:50 IST
A carjacker drove off an Infosys employee’s Renault Duster from Panchkula’s busy Sector 20 market at 10.15pm on Tuesday night with a five-year-old boy in the back seat. The vehicle thief pointed a pistol at the head of the Infosys engineer’s wife on the second seat but she managed to jump off.
In his complaint, the Infosys engineer, Manish Kumar, 35, said that he got down to buy fruits and vegetables from a roadside vendor when he found his Duster being driven away by a stranger. “The SUV keys were in the ignition. The youth simply got in and drove off in a fraction of a second,” he said.
Kumar’s wife, Jyoti, a lecturer at Chitkara University, was in the second seat when the youth in a white shirt pointed a pistol at her head. By then she had opened the door on her side. “I jumped off soon after he started driving. I didn’t realise that my son was in the back seat,” she said.
She suffered bruises on the arms. “It was dark so all I could see was a man in his 20s in a white shirt pointing a gun at me. He warned me against raising the alarm,” she said.
As the SUV sped away towards Peer Muchalla in adjoining Zirakpur town, which is in Punjab, the couple raised the alarm that their son was being kidnapped. The two stopped a car coming in their direction and chased the SUV for a distance before losing track.
They rushed to the police station, about 500 metres from the site of the incident, to report the matter.
CHILD FOUND AT DOMINO’S
The boy was later found standing outside the Domino’s restaurant on VIP Road in Zirakpur, 5km away. This was 45 minutes after the Panchkula police began a search for him on the parent’s complaint.
A Domino’s employee, Surender Singh, said the boy was crying. “He had his school identity card and a bank passbook that the carjacker must have left him with,” he said.
The couple lives at Trishla Society, Peer Muchalla, located behind the Panchkula’s Sector 20 market.
The Renault Duster with a Punjab registration number is still missing.
WOMAN LIKELY TARGET
In view of the modus operandi, police suspect that the carjacker aimed to drive away with the woman. He was armed and two such crimes have been reported from the Sector 20 market in the past six months.
The station house officer of the Sector 20 police station, Anshi Garg, said investigations were on and the statement of the engineer and his wife recorded. “We are probing all angles,” he said.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Ashok Kumar said a case of robbery and kidnapping was registered.
SIMILAR CRIMES IN PAST
On May 11, 2017, Reena Devi, 39, a teacher of Army Public School, Chandimandir, went missing from the Sector 20 market where she had gone to buy pizza with her 15-year-old son. She was found dead hours later with multiple stab wounds.
On January 17, a carjacker drove away a 21-year old girl engineering student from the Sector 20 market in her hatchback car. The victim’s friend had stepped out with the engine of the car on.
The girl said the stranger aged around 30 years with a light beard, knocked on the car window, saying he wanted to ask directions. When the girl opened the window, he yanked the door open and barged inside. Pointing a gun at her to stop her from raising an alarm, he drove away.
He stopped in front of a liquor vend in Panchkula and put the girl in the boot of the car. He took her to an isolated place and started drinking the beer, forcing the girl to do the same. The complainant said she could not finish the bottle and threw half of it away. While drinking the beer, the accused drove the car through Sectors 20, 21, 25 and 26, the girl told the police.
After he was done drinking, she said, he raped her at gunpoint and asked her to go home in an auto-rickshaw, before driving away.