About 20 masked robbers struck at a house at Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Nagar in the city in the wee hours of Sunday, attacked an elderly couple and looted 500 gram gold jewellery and Rs 1 lakh after leaving them seriously injured.
The victims, Mohinder Singh (70) and his wife Bhajan Kaur (65), sustained serious head and eye injuries and are undergoing treatment at Sacred Heart Hospital.
The couple has been living alone in the house for the past three years after the marriage of their daughter Kuldeep Kaur (35) with a US-based liquor trader.
Their son Jaswinder Singh is a textile merchant based in Finland and has been living there for the past 20 years.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, an injured Bhajan Kaur said that around 20 robbers, most of whom spoke in Punjabi, entered their room and asked them to hand over their mobile phone.
“When I told them that t we have not any mobile phone, they attacked me and my husband who moves with the support of batons. After this, we fell unconscious,” Kaur said while narrating the horrific incident.
Mohinder was unable to speak due to severe injuries on the head and right eye. He underwent a minor surgery with 20 stitches.
Paramjeet Singh (60), the younger brother of Mohinder who lives in the adjacent house, was first to reach their house after hearing the shouts of injured Bhajan Kaur who regained consciousness after an hour. He took the two to the hospital.
The robbers are believed to have entered the house after scaling the walls from nearby fields and then they broke the door.
The police have recovered the sticks blood stain used in attacking the couple.
The entire house was ransacked with lockers and almirahs lying open.
After getting information about the incident at 2.55am, senior police officials, including additional deputy commissioner of police-1J Elanchezhian, forensic experts and a dog squad reached the spot and started investigation.
The police have found a shoe, probably belonging to one of the accused. The miscreants’ footprints were also collected from the nearby fields.
The police said it was too early to establish the exact number of robbers. A case has been registered various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the police station-8 against unidentified persons.