Carjacking: Armed men open fire, flee with Innova in Panchkula

Hit victim’s car with Fortuner outside Sec-20 society

punjab Updated: Aug 23, 2018 15:55 IST
Yuvraj Kaushal
Yuvraj Kaushal
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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In the third carjacking incident in Panchkula since June, armed robbers took away a Toyota Innova after firing a shot in the air in Sector 20 on Tuesday night, police said on Wednesday.

Robbers had fled with a Maruti Suzuki Swift at gunpoint from the Sector 27/28 dividing road on June 14, and a Hyundai Verna was taken away forcibly from outside a liquor vend in Sector 21 on June 9.

No let-up
  • June 14:Three armed robbers on bike took away a Maruti Suzuki Swift forcibly on the Sectors 27/28 dividing road
  • June 9: Threecarjackersfled with a Hyundai Verna at gunpoint outside a liquor vend in Sector 21
  • February 21: Four men robbed a Chandigarh man of his Hyundai i20 at gunpoint at a parking lot in Sector 5

In the present case, Rajesh Kumar, 59, a resident of Suncity Parikrama (a group housing society) in Sector 20, told police that he along with his wife Neeru had gone to drop their son at the Zirakpur bus stand around 10:40pm. His son was to board a bus for Delhi as he had flight to Chennai on Wednesday morning.

Police said Kumar, an insurance surveyor, was returning home when a Toyota Fortuner hit his Innova near the gate of his society around 11:15pm.

“There were three men in the Fortuner, out of which one came out and apologised. Later, another man came out from the SUV and entered my car. As I opposed, they started arguing and the first one took out a pistol and pointed it at me,” Kumar submitted in his complaint.

As he entered into a scuffle with the men, one of them fired a gunshot in the air while another came from the rear and hit Kumar on his head with an iron rod, police said.

Inspector Vikas Kumar, station house officer, Sector 20, said: “After hitting the victim, the accused fled in the Innova car while the other two followed him in Fortuner. We have obtained footage of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed near the spot. Teams have started investigations in the case and we are also checking footage of other CCTV cameras on the stretch.”

He said a case under Sections 392 (robbery), 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Arms Act has been registered.

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 15:55 IST