“I resisted robbers till they hit on my head and left me profusely bleeding,” said 65-year-old Gian Singh while lying on a stretcher at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) her on Thursday.
Gian, who retired as an assistant sub-inspector from the Punjab Police, has been staying as a caretaker at the Bhullar farms for past 15 years, where robbers struck on Wednesday night.
“I have never come across such an incident at the farm in all these years. The robbers had, in fact, done a recee of the area and came straight towards my almirah to take the money.”
The robbers also said “baba ko maro” (beat up the old man) and “main is babe ko janta hun” (I know the old man very well”, he said.
Gian has suffered fractures in both arms. His son Partap Singh is also employed with the Punjab Police and is currently posted at Fatehgarh Sahib.
Similarly, Bablu, who also stays at Bhullar farm, said, “They were all eight in number. Some of them were wearing underwear and others had tied a cloth around their waist. They had applied some black cream to hide their real face.”
Children between the age of four and 10, who stay at the farm house, were left shocked after the incident. There are five families of labourers who stay on rent at the farm house.
Recalling the incident, Somwati and Parwati, who also stay at the Bhullar farm, said, “They were scary.
After attacking Gian and Bhola, the robbers moved towards the room of Parwati and kept knocking. The robbers also shouted at them saying ‘hum chor hain aur humne tumhare babaji ko mar diya ab tumhari bari’ (We are thieves and we have thrashed the old man and now it is your turn).”
The robbers left after sometime as the women did not open the door. Adding, Jai Singh Bhola, who works as caretaker from past 12 years at Capt Rajpal farmhouse, said he had not witnessed such crime earlier. His brother Raman Yadav was working at Gauba farms from the past three years and they had come from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
“A group of seven-eight persons attacked me while I was sleeping. They hit me with a baseball bat and I got unconscious. The accused robbed cash worth Rs. 5,000, a pair of gold earrings and other ornaments from my wife Girija,” said Bhola.
After committing robbery at the farmhouse, the accused tied Bhola and his wife’s sari and went to Gauba farmhouse in the vicinity. However, Bhola managed to loosen himself and went to get help.
Once reaching the Gauba farmhouse, the robbers thrashed caretaker Raman Yadav with rods and tied him. The robbed him of cash worth Rs. 1,500 and a mobile phone.
“While the accused were searching for more money in the room, they got afraid as my brother Bhola gathered people for my help,” said Raman.
The victims then informed the SAS Nagar police about the incident and a police team rushed them to the GMSH in Sector 16 where doctors confirmed that Bhola sustained serious head injuries.
The police team also conducted search operation in the surrounding area for the accused, but failed to find anyone.