Mohali: Gun-toting gang of carjackers strikes twice within 20 hours

Lower than 24 hours after a gang looted a automotive close to Purab Premium Flats in Sector 88 within the wee hours of Thursday, armed carjackers struck once more and snatched a Panipat resident’s automotive in Part 11 on Thursday evening.

With the accused within the first carjacking nonetheless absconding, one other carjacking within the metropolis has left the police flummoxed.

Notably, the theft, whose particulars had been made out there by the police solely on Saturday, is the eighth carjacking in Mohali this 12 months, with 4 of the eight automobiles remaining untraced.

The sufferer within the newest carjacking is Vinod Kumar, a resident of Panipat, Haryana, who had come to Mohali on Thursday to drop a relative in Sector 65.

Kumar advised the police that after dropping his relative, he parked his Hyundai Verna within the Part-11 market round 10.30 pm to purchase some meals. Earlier than he may get off, a Honda Metropolis stopped subsequent to his automotive and 4 males acquired out of it.

Two of them all of the sudden pointed weapons at him and requested him to exit the car, following which they drove off with it, whereas the opposite two escaped in their very own automotive.

A senior police officer mentioned the identical gang gave the impression to be behind each the carjackings.

“Because the gang needed to abandon the primary automotive attributable to its international positioning system (GPS), it struck once more and snatched one other automotive,” the officer mentioned.

The primary automotive, a rented Toyota Glanza, was snatched from three siblings who had been getting back from a visit to Manali close to Purab Premium Flats in Sector 88 round 2.30 am on Thursday.

However the carjackers deserted the car quickly after at Saidpura village in Sirhind, which police mentioned might be because of the GPS set-up within the automotive, which made it traceable.

Accused captured in CCTV

A senior police officer, aware of the probe, mentioned the accused within the Part-11 carjacking had been captured in CCTV cameras put in exterior Mohali and shall be caught quickly.

In the meantime, police have registered a case beneath Part 379-B (snatching) of the Indian Penal Code towards the accused. “We’re investigating whether or not they had weapons earlier than including Arms Act sections within the FIR,” acknowledged a cop.

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