A number of questions have been left unanswered over police investigation after a Sector 38 resident spotted a Mercedes car that had been reported as stolen, and informed police. The car belonged to a Sector 15 businessman and was stolen from the Sector 15 market on September 1.
Deputy superintendent of police (central) Ram Gopal said the person had reported the car on condition of anonymity at about 11.30am. The car was parked near House number 2251 in Sector 38 when police reached there. The car was carrying a registration number that was later found to be of a Honda City car from Fazilka.
Gopal said it appeared that the car was parked there for more than two weeks now and police took the car in custody to further investigate the case. The car is now in Sector 11 police station.
The Sector 38 resident said another resident smashed a window pane to get the contact number of the owner, Sukhdev Singh Chadha.
The resident said the car was seen bearing registration plates of Maharashatra and Punjab. The car was carrying a Punjab registration number (PB 22 H 9290) when it was recovered. However, the car has original number CH01AR 0267.
The crime happened when Chadha’s wife Parampreet Kaur, a resident of Sector 15, was sitting in the car while her husband had gone to the market. Two youths knocked at the window following which she rolled it down.
Before she could grasp what was happening, one of them opened the door and sat on the driver’s seat while the other one overpowered the woman, who was sitting on the rear seat.
The youths then drove the car through the market and pushed the woman out of the car around 200m ahead.
The victim suffered a minor injury. A large number of people gathered at the spot and police were informed.
Then police procured CCTV footage but failed to solve the case.
SIT FAILED TO MAKE BREAKTHROUGH
On September 16, the UT police formed a special investigation team in the case, headed by DSP (central) Ram Gopal and Secto 11 station house officer Narinder Patial, and in charge (crime) inspector Gurmukh Singh. But they failed to trace the vehicle as well.
Gopal said they were procuring CCTV footage of Sector 38 to know who parked the car there. He said they had procured fingerprints from the car to get a lead in the case.