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Robberies, snatchings: Scared vendors finding it difficult to run stalls in Ludhiana

At Dugri Phase 3 area, road side vendors have altered their daily routine as they try to avoid miscreants who robbed and attacked them. To add to their woes, they have alleged that police have not acted on their complaints.

punjab Updated: Sep 02, 2016 14:23 IST
Tarsem Singh Deogan
Raju Yadav and his wife Sunita Devi showing their injuries.
Raju Yadav and his wife Sunita Devi showing their injuries. (HT Photo)

At Dugri Phase 3 area, road side vendors have altered their daily routine as they try to avoid miscreants who robbed and attacked them. To add to their woes, they have alleged that police have not acted on their complaints.

Raju Yadav (40) and his wife Sunita Devi (36) were robbed of a gold locket, earrings and Rs 1,500 cash on August 7. Both, along with their son Bittu, were going to their house when around 10pm two miscreants on a scooter asked them for a cigarette.

“In a moment they put a pistol like weapon at my stomach and demanded money. When I resisted the accused flashed a sharp-edged weapon, commonly used by butchers to cut pieces of meat, and attacked us, leaving me and my wife badly injured,” said Raju Yadav, who runs a tea stall in the area.

“The miscreants marked a 10-inch long cut on my head and fingers of my hands were nearly chopped off. My wife also suffered deep injury on her hand. After looting gold locket, Rs 1,500 in cash and earrings of my wife, they fled,” he added. Yadav alleged that all his pleas to police have fallen on deaf ears and they have not taken any action till date. Afraid that they will be targeted again, Yadav closes his stall in the evening.

‘THEY THREATENED ME OF DIRE CONSEQUENCES’

Raju Yadav said that the miscreants have come to know that I went to the police station to lodge a complaint against them and have started receiving threats on phone. The miscreants also threatened his relatives over phone and asked them to stop him for going to police station.

Similarly, Chander Bahadur (72), said around a month back he was targeted in a similar manner. “Miscreants came to my tea stall and asked for a cigarette. When they found me alone, they flashed a sharp-edged weapon and injured me.”

Bahadur said that he was robbed off Rs 10,000 and all his material from tea stall was taken.

“I did not file any complaint with the police, as I know it is wastage of time. Now I go home soon after the sunset,” said Bahadur.

Sub-inspector Joginder Singh, SHO at Dugri police station, said he has not received any complaint from any one. He added that if there is any complaint, they will take action against the culprits. Singh said the area falls under jurisdiction of two police stations. It could be matter of Basant Park police post.