The district police claimed to have busted a robbery gang with the arrest of two members. The gang had struck at the house of a goldsmith in Civil Lines on August 31, and decamped with jewellery worth Rs. 2.80 lakh, Rs. 10 lakh in cash, two mobile phones and an LCD.
On November 15, the gang had looted Rs. 1.35 lakh from a shopkeeper of Sabzi Mandi area at gunpoint. The police have arrested Sachin Kumar Duggal, a resident of Sheikhan Mohalla, and Inderjit Singh, a resident of Nadali in Kapurthala.
Mastermind Rakesh Kumar and three other gang members namely Bunty,Gagan Brar and Davinder Singh are still at large.
Senior superintendent of police Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said that a police party had apprehended Sachin and Inderjit, when they were coming in a Hyundai Accent (PB 21 A 0049) near Tagore Park and recovered a 7.65 bore pistol with three live cartridges and an air pistol from them on November 25.
"Inderjit confessed that he and his accomplices Rakesh Kumar, Davinder and Bunty had looted a sum of Rs. 1.35 lakh and also fired 4-5 shots in the air," said the SSP. He said that after interrogation, it emerged that the same gang was involved in the Civil Lines dacoity. He claimed that Rakesh was the mastermind and the one who distributed the booty among all the members.
"He is a goldsmith by profession. He kept the gold ornaments looted from the Civil Lines' house and gave Rs. 70,000 to each of his three accomplices. The cash was also equally distributed," the SSP claimed.
He said the gang was planning another robbery in Dasuya and was a close relative of the accused, Rakesh. He claimed that the police had recovered that besides the pistols, a cash of Rs. 1.68 lakh, an LCD, an Accent and a Maruti Alto.