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Ludhiana carjacking at gunpoint exposes ‘safe city’ claims

Barnala trader’s sedan taken away by four men after threatening him with pistols on prime road; commissioner says that area yet to be covered under security-camera plan

punjab Updated: Feb 08, 2017 10:16 IST
HT Correspondent
The crime — an addition to the one-a-month average of carjackings in the industrial hub of Punjab — occurred on the prime Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway near Westend Mall.
The crime — an addition to the one-a-month average of carjackings in the industrial hub of Punjab — occurred on the prime Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway near Westend Mall.(HT Representative Image)

Kuljinderpreet Singh, 32, was headed back to Barnala after a business visit in Ludhiana when he stopped his Hyundai Verna at an eatery for dinner around 9.30pm. He ended up in a situation that he still cannot quite digest.

“A man — he seemed to be in his mid-20s — opened the door and sat on the front seat next to me. I was startled and asked him to get out. But he took out a pistol,” Kuljinder, an environment engineer, said. Another man then appeared next to the driver’s window and told him to leave the car. “When I refused, he pointed a pistol at my forehead and pulled me out.” Two more men then occupied the rear seats and they drove towards the Mullanpur Dakha side.

The crime — an addition to the one-a-month average of carjackings in the industrial hub of Punjab — occurred on the prime Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway near Westend Mall. It underlines how the Safe City project, meant to cover the entire city with security cameras and e-monitoring, remains marred by delay and is yet to realise its target. Police are now depending on the cameras installed at the mall to find clues.

Kuljinder called the cops once he felt safe after the carjackers were gone. Sarabha Nagar police reached the spot and have registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

There was a police checkpoint on this road ahead of the February 4 Punjab assembly elections. Not after that.