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Café owner carjacked at gunpoint near Sidhu’s residence in Amritsar

When the car initially didn’t start, they forced the victim inside the vehicle and drove safely despite security at the gate, said police.

punjab Updated: Nov 19, 2017 09:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
Punjab news,mritsar,Navjot Singh Sidhu
Police standing outside the house of car jacking victim at Holy City Colony in Amritsar on Saturday.(HT Photo)

A cafeteria owner was robbed of his car at gunpoint from outside his residence in Amritsar on Saturday morning.

Victim Parwinder Singh, who lives in Amritsar’s Holy City colony, the same place where Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu resides, was returning home after dropping off his wife near Hall Gate when three men allegedly attacked him.

In his complaint, Singh said, the miscreants pointed a gun at him and snatched his car keys. Initially when the car didn’t start, they forced the victim inside the vehicle and drove safely despite security at the gate, said police, adding, they dropped Singh near Verka plant and fled with car and his mobile phone.

They, however, handed over car papers to the victim before dropping him.

After returning home, the victim informed police, following which, senior police officials, including Amritsar police commissioner SS Srivastava, ADCP Lakhbir Singh and others, reached the spot.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-II) Lakhbir Singh said, “It is not a case of kidnapping. The accused wanted to snatch his car. We have registered a case of carjacking and the investigation is on.”

A case has been registered against unidentified persons at cantonment police station in Amritsar. The victim, who runs a cafeteria inside Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), has claimed that the two out of three men were masked. “Though Parwinder has claimed that he couldn’t see the men properly, but we will still try to identify them through a sketch,” said a senior police official.

NO CCTV AT THE COLONY GATE

While police managed to procure the CCTV footage, its quality was not up to mark. Police sources said, no camera was installed at the only entry gate of the colony. Interestingly, Sidhu has been vocal about the installation of CCTV cameras in key areas of the city.

“Since VIPs live in this colony, it came as a shock that no camera was installed at the gate. Moreover, if security guards were alert, the incident could have been avoided,” said a senior police official.

Security guards, however, said that residents at times object if they stop them or their guests for checking.

First Published: Nov 18, 2017 17:10 IST