Amritsar, November 21
Two weeks after a shawl trader was looted and his family was made hostage on November 6, the local police are still groping in the dark.
ACP Dev Dutt Sharma said the police would crack the case soon. Around five armed persons robbed a trader’s family in the Guru Arjan Dev Nagar area after holding them hostage. The miscreants gained entry into the house by posing as sewer cleaners.
The victim, Devinder Singh Bedi, who is a shawl trader, was at his house along with his wife, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. The accused reportedly looted jewellery and cash worth Rs 8 lakh from the family. One of their grandchildren, Janu, was injured as he intervened when the accused tried to attack Bedi.
The unique modus operandi also baffled the police officials. They closed the road for traffic from both sides by barricading it with rope. After opening manhole located outside the residence of the victim, they knocked at the door and sought a polythene bag to dump the silt removed from the manhole. When Bedi went inside, the armed accused followed him and looted the family. The accused also took away digital video recorder of CCTV cameras. This was perhaps for the first time that the robbers planned and looted a family in such manner. — TNS
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