Even as the local police are struggling to check snatchings and thefts, carjackers and vehicle thieves have compounded their problems. Armed robbers took away the Toyota Fortuner of Bhupinder Singh Makkar, brother of Shiromani Akali Dal MLA from Adampur Sarabjit Singh Makkar, in the city on Tuesday night.
Another Fortuner, owned by Deepak Bali, secretary of Punjabi Jagriti Manch was taken away at gunpoint near Phagwara on Wednesday night. It is suspected that the same gang was involved in both cases.
“Four persons, who were dragging a motorcycle on the road near Doordarshan Kendra, stopped my vehicle on the pretext of seeking help. They abducted my driver and dumped him near Sarin village before speeding away in my car,” said Bhupinder.
Bali was going to Goraya, near here, with his friends to attend a function when his car was hit by a vehicle. When his driver came out to check the damage, robbers flashed a gun and forced other occupants to come out too. Then, they drove away in the vehicle. They also took away Rs 2 lakh and a laptop.
Goraya falls in Jalandhar district, but the incident was reported at Phagwara police station, under Kapurthala district.
When contacted, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP, crime) HPS Khakh said the police were trying to verify if it was the work of one gang.
“The modus operandi in the two cases was different. The police are preparing sketches of thieves. The city police are in contact with their Phagwara counterparts to crack the cases,” he said. The police are also examining records of people who were involved in carjacking and vehicle thefts earlier and were bailed out.
Con men on the move
Adopting a smart modus operandi, thieves took away a Maruti Suzuki Zen car on the pretext of a test drive. Baldev Singh of Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Nagar, in his complaint at division number 5 police station on Wednesday, said three car ‘buyers’ took away his vehicle but did not return.
A youth took away a motorcycle from Harpreet Singh, owner of a motorcycle sale-purchase centre in Ali Puli Mohalla, in a similar manner. He got an FIR registered at division number 2 police station.