A group of 16 persons, led by a former Congress sarpanch, while posing as court employees allegedly tried to occupy a widow's house in Ishar Nagar area on Sunday evening.
The accused threw her belongings and household items out on the street. The woman raised an alarm following which area residents huddled there and called on the police. However, the accused managed to flee the spot before the police reached.
The Daba police station has registered a case against former sarpanch Mahinder Singh of Ishar Nagar, his wife, Pammi, her husband Raman, Kuldeep Singh, Iqbal, Parkash Kaur and 10 other unidentified persons under section 448 (house trespass), 511 (attempt to commit a crime), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
In her complaint, Tajinder Kaur said some 17 persons barged into her house and started throwing furniture and other household things out on the street.
She claimed that the accused, claiming to be court employees, told her that they had orders to get the house vacated, adding that she called on area residents, and demanded the court orders from the accused, but they failed to produce them.
Subsequently, the area residents sounded the police, following which the accused fled the spot.
Tajinder told the police that a case of property dispute between her husband Jagdev Singh and one Mahinder Singh was sub judice. Her husband died last week, and taking advantage of the situation, the accused tried to occupy her house.
Inspector Ashwani Kumar, station house officer, Daba police station, said a manhunt had been launched to arrest the accused.