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Chandigarh cops fail to make headway in Elante mall carjacking

A Chandigarh resident Nidhi Vilkhu was robbed of a Honda City outside the mall’s gate number 3 on August 10, five days before Independence Day for which security had been heightened in the city.

punjab Updated: Aug 20, 2018 11:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Nine days after carjackers took away a woman’s sedan outside Elante Mall in Chandigarh on August 10, police have yet to find any clue about the accused.

To crack the case, investigating officials were relying on the footage from CCTV cameras near the crime scene. However, cops privy to the matter said, scrutinising CCTV footage from cameras at Elante mall’s parking, adjacent Hyatt hotel and other showrooms in the immediate periphery of the mall did not give them any headway.

A Chandigarh resident Nidhi Vilkhu was robbed of a Honda City outside the mall’s gate number 3 on August 10, five days before Independence Day for which security had been heightened in the city.

Nidhi 37, a homemaker, had arrived at the mall with her friend Harleen Kaur around 8pm when the carjackers struck.

Police said though Nidhi saw the accused, she couldn’t clearly describe their appearance, making the accused’s identification difficult.

Preliminary investigation had suggested that the carjackers escaped via Manimajra to Panchkula after crossing the Railway Station light point.

15 cases in past five months

This is also not the first time that criminals have targeted victims near Elante. As many as 15 cases have been reported in the past five months in the tricity involving gangs associated with criminals Lawrence Bishnoi, Sampat Nehra, Yodha Singh alias Jodha, and others.

On March 16, 30-year-old agriculturist Vikram of Abohar town was fired at by two men who took away his car after following him from Elante Mall to Sector 35.

Harpreet Singh, son of the owner of Shri Gurudev Photography in Sector 17, who committed suicide last month, was kidnapped in his Mercedes and dumped at Elante Mall by carjackers after he paid a ransom of ₹3 lakh on February 21.

Singer Parmish Verma was injured when gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan shot at him in Mohali in April after following him from Elante.

The failure of Chandigarh as well as Panchkula police to nab the robbers exposes poor coordination among tricity police.

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 11:44 IST